Seven-year-old Lulu is “spicy,” says her mom, Tiffanie Treadway. “She’s got a kick to her.” Lulu’s needed that bold strength over the past year. She’s battling leukemia.
Lulu is the daughter of Tiffanie and Troy Treadway, who is now an Army recruiter. They’d been apart during Troy’s deployment in Afghanistan. Life was feeling normal again, until they took the usually lively Lulu to the doctor for a bad cough. They were stunned: Lulu had leukemia.
Loving Lulu Through Leukemia
Lulu required a month of intensive chemotherapy and monitoring at a hospital many miles from home. She would need all the love and encouragement her parents could give. Of course, her parents needed to be with her around the clock.
I don’t know what we would have done without the Ronald McDonald House, says Tiffanie. It was so nice to be able to walk across the street to the hospital.
At the Ronald McDonald House, they had a private place to sleep, shower, and take care of themselves. That helped them take care of Lulu—all while remaining just steps from their daughter’s side.
Taking Turns at the Ronald McDonald House
Lulu got really sick in May and spent twenty days in intensive care. Troy and Tiffanie took turns at Lulu’s side through the night, while the other rested at the Ronald McDonald House. It was an incredibly difficult time, but it was made more bearable by their experience at the Ronald McDonald House.
Tiffanie is especially grateful for the volunteers she met.
The volunteers who served meals were so sweet and super friendly. It’s such a wonderful thing they do for families like ours.
Being a Kid Again
Now in first grade, Lulu is a delightfully creative girl who loves horses and ballet and going to the beach with her family. She must still come to Rady Children’s Hospital every month for chemotherapy via spinal tap. It gets in the way of school, and she needs to stay away from class when others are sick. Lulu has eight more months of treatment to go.
We hope the Treadways don’t need us again, but we’re here if they do. We’re looking forward to Lulu being “home free” and ready for some spicy Lulu fun, without having to be so strong.