Meet the patient artists for this year’s heart2heart event! Their art pieces will be available in the silent auction at the event on Saturday, May 15th.
Daniel-Logan Allen is 10 years old and lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with his parents, his little brother Corbin-Rich, and two four-legged fur brothers Ham-Bone and Lucky-Bone. Daniel-Logan was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia) in 2014 at the age of three and a half, during a visit to his pediatrician for a lingering earache. Within two days, he had a central port surgically implanted and began aggressive chemotherapy treatment. He was admitted for 4-6 weeks for each round of chemo, and his treatments lasted about six months. After 14 months in remission, we discovered that his AML had returned. On June 30, 2016, Daniel-Logan received a bone marrow transplant and was confined to an isolation ward for several months. He still has a weak immune system that requires weekly infusions that we do at home. Through all of this, Daniel-Logan has never lost his faith, his positive outlook, or his thumbs-up attitude. He has continued thanking Jesus for his healing through this journey. We are so thankful for his team of doctors and nurses that helped him through every step of his treatments, and we know the many prayers for his healing are being answered. Daniel-Logan is now busy living life and enjoying every single day. He is a great big brother and hopes to enjoy school next year as a happy fourth grader.
Michael “Mikey” Barratt is 6 years old and lives in Birmingham, AL with his parents; Brittany and Mike, and three sisters; Mia, Ella, and Alyssa. Mikey was born with a genetic condition called Trisomy 21 Mosaicism that was incidentally found at birth when he was mistakenly diagnosed with leukemia at 9 days old. When the correct diagnosis was made, we were told he would be at high risk for developing leukemia in childhood. Michael made it 3 years and 2 months before he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia or AML. He spent 196 nights at Children’s Hospital of AL and endured 6 rounds of chemotherapy which included 468 hours of IV chemo, oral chemo, and injections of chemotherapy into his muscle and spine. Mikey finished treatment in November 2018. We are so proud of how Michael has handled all that he has been dealt in his precious early years of life. Today Michael is in Kindergarten at Inverness Elementary School and is excelling socially and academically. Mikey is a compassionate kid with a heart of gold and an attitude of a warrior.
Abigail Katherine Bowen was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at 7 months old. She had no signs of cancer besides a fever that wouldn’t break and an infected finger that wouldn’t heal. Abbi went through treatment for 2 years and now visits clinic for check ups. Today, Abigail is an energetic, loving, beautiful soul. She lives in Luverne with her Mom, Rachel, Dad, Kevin, and her sister, Arianna. She goes to Crenshaw Christian Academy and is in K4. She loves cheering on the Cougars! Abbi also enjoys taking ballet and tap classes. Abigail wants to be many different things when she grows up. Above all, we give all the glory to God and all of his many blessings He has given us.
Lauren Taylor is 7 years old and lives in Oxford, Alabama with her mom and brother. She has three siblings: Maniyah, Serenity, and Leyden. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 Wilms Tumor in February 2020. After several doctor’s visits for a variety of complications, Lauren received an X-ray and an ultrasound showing what looked like a balloon sticking out of the right side of her stomach. It was a 16 centimeter tumor. She was scheduled for surgery on January 31, but was admitted early due to a fever. We had no idea, but her tumor had ruptured inside her. Jesus saved my baby that morning. She had emergency surgery—the doctors told us she would be in the ICU for 4-6 weeks. But God had a different plan. She was back in a regular room the following Sunday and was released to go home that Thursday! After 2 weeks of radiation and 36 weeks of chemotherapy, she completed treatment in October 2020 and remains cancer free today! Lauren is a first grader at Dearmanville Elementary School. She loves to read, dance, and play with her brother.
Robert was diagnosed with Pre-B ALL at 4 years old and received treatment until January 2021. He lives in Auburn and loves to cheer on the Tigers in basketball, football and softball. His favorite place to hike and explore is Chewacla State Park. He loves animals, swimming, games, WWE wrestling, Legos and fishing. Robert is in first grade and his favorite subjects are art and math. When he grows up he wants to be a police officer.