Savannah’s symptoms started as a simple fever. The Lingenfelters never imagined that their doctor would sit them down and say that their toddler had acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
“I don’t think anybody can do anything to prepare to hear the words ‘your child has cancer’”
The Lingenfelter’s world crumbled in just a brief moment.
Savannah’s Treatment Plan
“It’s almost like you’re in the eye of the storm where you’re standing still and watching what you knew… fall to pieces”
Savannah was given a treatment plan of two and a half years, which she immediately responded to and in 30 days, she went into remission.
She was finally able to live out a normal childhood. Savannah was involved in Girl Scouts, gymnastics, and so much more.
“She got to live life pretty much just on her terms”
Two Time Cancer Diagnosis
Suddenly, things took a turn for the worse.
Savannah’s health began to decline. Headaches and back pain became a part of her everyday life. Her parents rushed her to the hospital, but to their surprise, her blood tests were that of a healthy person.
“I knew something was wrong”
The doctor ordered a CT scan of Savannah’s brain and that’s when grief struck the Lingenfelters for a second time.
“I had a moment where I crumbled to the floor and was crying”
Savannah’s cancer had returned.
“This time she knew what she was leaving behind. What she was missing out on”
Savannah knew what a normal childhood looked like, and like any child in that situation… she wanted it back desperately.
Overwhelming Medical Costs
While Savannah was fighting the battle of cancer, and her parents were fighting the battle of financial strain. For one month of Savannah’s treatment (after insurance) their total was $439,520.51.
“Being a cancer parent is a full-time job… many families go bankrupt.”
The Lingenfelter received final notices, overdraft fees, and more. They weren’t sure how they were going to make it.
That’s when the Tyler Robinson Foundation came in.
After filling out an application that they received from a hospital social worker, the news arrived–they got a grant from the Tyler Robinson Foundation.
“I just went to my knees and thanked the lord for something like this existing”
Savannah ended her second time of chemotherapy and became cancer free on May 29th, 2019.
“I think Savannah has this zest for life that most 9-year-old kids don’t have because she knows everyday life can be stripped away”
Despite everything Savannah went through, she remains the resilient, talented kid she has always been.
“I believe that kids are stronger than parents” – Savannah
“Everybody has a hero, I gave birth to mine”
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