April’s Story

Make Every April Better is inspired by April Eva Long, born on April 27, 1982. April was a freshman in high school in 1996 when they noticed a lump by April’s collarbone. They went to see the family doctor who then scheduled a CAT scan. After the results came back¬†April was¬†then sent to see an ENT who scheduled a biopsy. It was then that April was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease. They went to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and met Dr. Grupp, one of April’s Oncologists. April went through chemotherapy and radiation treatments with her last treatment in May 1997. We all thought her cancer was behind her, but three months later she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease again. This time April would go through a Stem Cell Transplant. April spent many nights in the hospital around the holidays. She was sick and in pain at times but went through the treatment pretty well, we thought. About a week after coming home from the hospital on January 9, 1998 April was back in with complications from the chemotherapy drugs. April died on February 6th from pulmonary fibroses, a side effect from the chemotherapy drugs used to cure her Hodgkin’s disease, just before her 16th birthday.

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