This past July, Isla’s mom noticed an odd-looking rash on Isla’s legs, arms and chest. Not red or pink, but rather tiny little purple spots. She took Isla to her pediatrician, who sent her to Children’s Wisconsin for blood work. Later that night, they received the startling results — Isla had cancer.

The next day at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Isla was officially diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a blood cancer in which the bone marrow makes abnormal white blood cells. Her treatment plan was to receive five rounds of chemotherapy, each requiring a month-long hospital stay with a few weeks at home in-between. After completing her third round, it was discovered that Isla had relapsed. She will now need a bone marrow transplant. She is presently undergoing a final round of chemo to prepare her for this process. Sawyer (5), Isla’s big brother, will be her donor.

Isla is only 3 but a fierce fighter with a huge heart and a sly smile. She has handled her treatments like the champ she is and this detour on Isla’s road to healing won’t change the fight that’s deep inside her.

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