MESA, Ariz. – Page, Arizona, youngster Allie Hansen, 11, celebrated her final cancer treatment at Cardon Children’s Hospital Medical Center. And her family, friends, and the medical staff threw a party.
Hansen, a vivacious girl, started her celebration by performing a dance duet with a friend, bringing a smile to those who helped her through her two-and-half-year battle with leukemia. The party included a surprise flash mob, according to Cardon Children’s Hospital in Mesa.
To signify her final treatment, Hansen rang a gong as her family, friends, and medical team cheered her on. A crew from Mesa Fire Department was also there to surprise her.
Hansen was diagnosed just a week before her ninth birthday with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Since then, she has had more than 92 rounds of chemotherapy, a two-month hospital stay for chemo treatment, and about 50 overnight hospital stays.
Hansen’s family lives in Page and they routinely made the nearly five-hour journey to Cardon Children’s Hospital.
“She has been through so much these last two and half years, and done it with a smile,” said her mother, Brittany Hansen, a Banner Health nurse at Page Hospital. “Our family has been humbled by the outpouring of love and support from family, friends, hospital staff, organizations, and complete strangers.”
Allie’s family is now involved in creating awareness about childhood cancer and supporting children diagnosed with cancer through their nonprofit organization called, Allie’s Angels Foundation.
To see more photos, pick up the March 27 edition of the Lake Powell Chronicle.