"Stay strong, stay positive and focus on the perfect outcome"
Jacob Hagen-Johnson





Desiray is a very active 4 1/2 year old who loves being a big sister, riding roller coasters, dressing up and dancing. She has always been the busy kid on the street, a real social butterfly and the girl who always thinks of others before herself.


On Saturday July 13th, 2013 Desiray woke up with a fever. We didn't think too much of it as they always go away just as quick with no further symptoms. Fast forward to Monday morning and the fever was still here! At this point we were concerned. We assumed another Urinary Tract Infection which Desiray was prone to, however we figured she would need some Amoxycilin and we would be on our way. It was our first day of vacation after all and we had a whole week of fun planned.

On Monday July 15th, 2013 our lives were changed forever and Desiray's journey is now taking a more challenging path than we could have ever imagined.

Marc took Dez up to McMaster Children's emergency and after ruling out many other diseases it was confirmed that Desiray did have Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). We were in shock. At this point I just remember hearing words like "she has blasts in her blood" what the heck is a blast and why are they present. Clearly we were in for more than we could have ever imagined. We were admitted shortly after and our first blood transfusion began.

The next 2 years of treatment will be a challenge however we know we can get through this after realizing how much love and support we truly do have.

Welcome to Desiray's Journey!





The Benefit for Desiray in October was a huge success.

Thank you to everyone who attended, donated or supported this event. We greatly appreciate it!

We will update with any information on events or other ways to help support Desiray and her family.

If you are interested in creating or helping with a fundraising event please contact us before moving forward.

Contact Alicia or Jen
for more info.

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