Please help us support Alexandra!
In the Fall of 2018, the Danbury Girls Cross Country team was Trumbull's (the team I am the Head Coach of) biggest competition. Their year was incredibly successful and all their runners played big roles in their achievements. I remember sitting with the Trumbull girls this past summer and talking about what we needed to do to beat them. As the season progressed, I noticed one face missing from their team. As I dug deeper, I learned about Alexandra Chakar's diagnosis with AML. I am asking you as the VP of Infinite Love, as an empathizing father of a child who had cancer, and as a running community member, for you to read a bit about Alex's experiences, as told by her mother, Mirta. And then consider making a donation to help out this family, as their world took a turn they didn't expect as she entered her senior year of High School.
"Alexandra was 16th when she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) at the beginning of June, 2019. Alexandra has always been very active in sports since middle school, first as a swimmer competing with the Makos in Brookfield, CT and with the Aquaflyers in New Fairfield, CT. As she became a freshman at Danbury High School she decided she wanted to join the Cross Country and Track team to stay active.
She was at the top of her game when gradually she started to struggle, she was feeling tired, dizzy and having chest pains when running. After a number of blood tests and bone marrow biopsies she was diagnosed with leukemia. The intensive 4 cycles of chemotherapy treatment requires her to stay at Connecticut Children’s Medical Treatment Center in Hartford for 1 month for each cycle. Alexandra has faced her illness and treatment with strength and a smile that brightens the darkest of days. She has touched many lives at the hospital with her sunny disposition, including her doctors and nurses!
Alexandra finished her final round of chemotherapy to complete this cycle this past December 2019. She will continue to have checkups and tests throughout the years to ensure that the cancer doesn’t come back. Even though she has faced many obstacles she continues to be tutored at home in between treatments, has written her college essay and has also applied for college where she will be studying Exercise Science and join the Cross Country and Track teams."
Alexandra's father continues to work to support their family, but her mother had to take a leave from her, now former employer to care for Alexandra. That leave has now run out and she is unemployed. Any support you can give would be greatly appreciated by her family, and by us at Infinite Love for Kids Fighting Cancer. Please help us offset the cost this past year has had on them. Help us #MakeItAmazing