For nearly all her life 10-year-old Abby Furco’s life has but know one thing – Cancer!
The beautiful young girl was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of four. After being given a 20% survival rate the gritty little 5th grader put up an extraordinary fight.
“We were devastated,” Abby’s mom, Patty Furco, said. “We were basically told that she was going to die, there was very little hope.”
During them 6 years, her family done everything in their power to give Abby the best life possible. Even when she had to experience grueling procedures like bone marrow transplants, intense chemotherapy,radiation treatments and trial drugs. Her family were by her side supporting her and ensuring she was loved and cared for.
“We kept her surrounded by love because we knew at any moment we could lose her,” Patty said. “There were moments we didn’t know if she’d pull through, she has so many infections that could have ended her life. All we could do was watch her fight and try to get better.”
Hope appeared one day back in October 2013, Abby had undergone treatments and for the following year was able to live life as a normal child her age experienced. She got to go to the Girl Scout’s, played soccer and other sports and attended school on a daily basis.
Her happiness was short lived, for in September the following year – the cancer returned with a vengeance.
“As hard as that first diagnosis was, this one tested every ounce of our being,” Patty recalled. “She became completely immobile, any movement hurt her and she hardly spoke.”
Another bone marrow transplant procedure was required in February 2015, but a diagnosis that followed rocked everyone to the core. She was diagnosed with Graft-versus-hot disease, where the donated bone marrow attacks the body of the recipient.
Soon her kidneys began to fail. With her body deteriorating she was sent to intensive care where doctors informed her parents that if she was taken off dialysis she would only have 2 days to live.
It was time to let their little angel go and say their farewells.