MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - The Masonic Children’s Hospital is a leader in treating and researching pediatric cancers.
Patients come from all over the world for blood and bone marrow transplants and the hospital offers more treatment options than any other Children’s Hospital in the state.
A little girl named Brooklyn Vaith is a proud alum of the care at Children’s.
For the Vaith family, life is full-speed. 3-year-old Thomas Vaith and 5-year-old Brooklyn Vaith are all about enjoying the simple things.
“You kind of change your perspective on how you live your life and just appreciate all the little things and time with your kids,” said Grant Vaith, Brooklyn’s dad.
At 2 and a half years old, Brooklyn was diagnosed with Leukemia. She was considered high risk and much of her treatment took place at Masonic Children’s Hospital.
The hospital seeks to make itself feel as playful as possible.
“I remember she would have chemo and they would have these bikes and have her hooked up to a chemo pole and she’s on the bike and we’re just chasing her down the hall riding a bike while getting chemo,” remembered Michelle Vaith, Brooklyn’s mother.
Dr. Lucie Turcotte, or just Dr. Lucie as she’s known, was one of Brooklyn’s oncologists.
“She’s just been an amazing, resilient little girl throughout all of it,” Turcotte said.
Turcotte says the long-term outlook is really good for kids like Brooklyn.
“It’s fairly amazing how quickly the advances in childhood cancer therapy have come in the last 40 to 50 years,” Turcotte said. “We’ve seen survival rates from nearly nothing to nearly 80 percent.”
Brooklyn is considered cancer-free now and, if she is able to stay that way for four more years, she can call herself a survivor.
She started kindergarten this year and life is all about the everyday and the fun that comes with it.
Brooklyn goes in for monthly check-ups and she says she is not afraid, simply because she has so much else to do, now.