Miracles happen every day. No one knows this better than the Town of Pictou.
One of the town’s young residents, Reese Hawkins, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia and required a bone marrow transplant.
Thanks to One Match, a donor was found and Reese has recently been released from the hospital.
The tot went to Toronto for her surgery in April and was transported to Halifax and has since been released from the hospital.
“She was released from the IWK on June 8,” says her father Edward Hawkins.
“She must stay in Halifax until Day 100. She will have weekly checkups and blood work until at least six months after her transplant date.”
After that point, Reese’s checkups will be less frequent, but they will take place for the rest of her life.
Hawkins says she is doing very well.
“She loves to play outside in the park and throw rocks in the water. Every day she’s stronger.”
Hawkins says her initial blood report from the Sick Kids Hospital showed all her blood cells as donor, which is very good.
Paul Rudolph of Pictou was also diagnosed with the same leukemia and had his transplant as well.
He had been released from the hospital but had contracted pneumonia, but he has since been released and is home doing well.
“We still have a ways to go but we are off to a good start.,” says Hawkins of his daughter.
“We are looking forward to getting home and spending time in our home as a family. We’ve had so much love and support from Pictou and we want everyone to know how much we appreciate it.”