Jan 18 2015
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6-Year-Old Celebrates Remission, Mother Runs for a Cure

Cancer FreePhoenix, AZ – Dakota Paquettewas diagnosed on August 16, 2010 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A.L.L.).  She had just turned 4 years old and was a week away from starting preschool.  Dakota had always been a very healthy child who rarely even got a cold. 

It was a simple bug bite that began the family’s journey. The bite suddenly became severely infected, and Dakota became unresponsive at the hospital. The bite had set off an infection that her body couldn’t fight, due to the A.L.L. now living in her body. Instead of preschool, Dakota began chemotherapy.

Now 6 years old, after enduring chemo treatments for 2 straight years, Dakota can be a kid again. She is considered cancer free and has finished treatment.

“She has more strength and fight in her than any person I’ve known,” says her mother, Denverlee. “It has been a long and emotional road but we are blessed that she is still here with us.”

Dakota in treatmentOn Sunday, January 19th, Denverlee will run her second race at the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon, raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.