Rachel Boni shook hands with leukemia on January 4, 2008, when she was three and a half years old. In the hospital, after three days, she learned the other name for it was cancer.
Rachel has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), an especially aggressive form of cancer that requires two and a half years of steady chemotherapy in the spine, IVs, orally, muscular jabs in the thigh, and a port in her chest.
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Hi, my name is Rachel and this is my story.
On January 4, 2008, I found out I had leukemia. At first, I was sad and afraid because I spent a lot of time in the hospital and had to get a lot of needles and take a lot of medicine. Sometimes I’m still afraid, but I have also become very brave. For every procedure I get at SickKids, they give me a "Bravery Bead". I collect my Bravery Beads on a long string, and currently have over 500 of them!
In 2008, I started my own fundraiser, Rachel's Rainbow. To date, I have raised over $40,000 in support of leukemia research at SickKids.
Some facts about me:
Birthday: March 17, 2004
Siblings: Emma (four-year-old sister)
Favourite hobby: drawing, swimming
Favourite colour: pink
Favourite food: rice balls
Favourite movies: Tangled, Never Say Never
Favourite princess: Belle
Favourite Songs: "Born This Way", "On The Floor"
Some pictures of me:
Me with my sister Emma (September 2007)
Me with my sister Emma (July 2008)
Me with my sister Emma