Toddler Stricken with Rare Form of ALL Honored at Leukemia Cup Regatta Event

Danica Uetz

Danica Uetz

Danica’s mom Kari was attending a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society School & Youth program at her school when a voice spoke to her, “that’s it.”  After weeks of feeling very sick, Danica’s parents took her to the hospital where initial blood tests revealed dangerously low levels of hemoglobin. She was transferred to Children’s Hospital of Minneapolis for more blood tests and a blood transfusion. Within hours Danica was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. 

Cyto-genetic testing revealed that Danica had a very rare sub type of ALL.  Her risk factor immediately went from “standard” to “very high”. Danica began an aggressive treatment plan, lasting longer than usual, consisting of chemotherapy and medication. 29 days later Danica was in medical remission. However, she will remain in treatment for two and a half years.

The Uetz Family - Mark, Kari, Sawyer, Cassidy, and Danica.

The Uetz Family – Mark, Kari, Sawyer, Cassidy, and Danica.

As the 2014 Honored Hero for our Leukemia Cup Regatta events, the Uetz family traveled from Minnesota to attend the Poker Run event and after party on Saturday, August 2.  A week prior to the event, little Danica had a complication and was in the ICU, but bounced back and made the six hour trip to Chicago.

Danica was an inspiration to everyone in attendance.  Her smile and bright eyes were a testimony to our goal of fighting blood cancers and finding a cure.  Thanks to the Poker Run committee and wonderful supporters, we surpassed last year’s total and raised nearly $100,000!