DHK - Parker Sullivan, 4, acute b-cell lymphoblastic leukemia, Scituate, with his parents Michelle and Kevin and sisters Hannah, and Clara 8-15-17

Parker was diagnosed with acute b-cell lymphoblastic leukemia (b-cell ALL) in January 2017. In January, Parker came down with a bad ear infection. Allergic to many antibiotics, it took a long time for his ear infection to clear up, but even when it did, he still wasn’t feeling well. Parker became extremely lethargic and fell asleep constantly. He was pale and had shortness of breath, as well as night sweats. Concerned he might have anemia, Michelle brought Parker to his pediatrician. Blood tests revealed that Parker’s red blood cell count was very low, and more extensive tests revealed he also had extremely low platelet and white blood cell counts. Parker's pediatrician referred him to a hematologist at Boston Children’s – and Parker went there right away by ambulance. He began blood transfusions in the ICU immediately. By that evening, Parker was diagnosed with leukemia, and by the following afternoon they had the specific b-cell ALL diagnosis. Parker’s doctors determined that his case was very treatable, and as such, he is currently undergoing a research protocol at the Jimmy Fund Clinic and at home there is a more personalized and less intense treatment approach to chemotherapy. Parker is still in treatment and visits the Jimmy Fund Clinic on 3-week cycles for chemotherapy. He also has a visiting nurse at home who administers oral chemo and steroids.Parker attends pre-K in Scituate as much as he can. He loves Legos, arts and crafts, and to play outside - especially at the beach. His family includes his parents and sisters, Hannah, 17, and Clara, 13.


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Yeah I hot that partner when did you guys know Parker says. Well Parker's diagnosed march 1 of this year so we're just getting into this month. Six of his treatment which is a couple years. When did we know he was sick looking back on it we guess that he was sick longer than we knew. And he just had a ear infection. That he would have a hard time getting through and he was super tired. Human. I thought he was just being active while he would run back from the battery go. And I thought it was just like you see where you're located and finally we decided. Let's get it checked out. It was the most brutal day it was it was. And yeah. Oh. Yes so Michelle went and brought him to the pediatrician. They did a little finger prick test. You know it's a normal Wednesday. To salute your birth. And and that doctors that mommy issues ouster hospital. Which is a little scary and then. I've got to self assured him that he told ambulance there debris to children's names. 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