Five-year-old Alina has been battling a brain tumour her whole life. At only 18 months old, doctors diagnosed the tumour and Alina underwent two brain surgeries to try to remove the cancer. While the surgery helped save her life, doctors were only able to remove half the tumour, and the procedure left her completely blind. Despite the new disability, her parents say the tumour would have killed her within months without the operation. After the surgeries, she completed 60 weeks of chemotherapy which shrunk the remaining tumour and held her stable for just over a year.
Today, she is undergoing her second round of Chemotherapy that will last until 2018. Alina’s family says her brain tumour has “completely encompassed” their lives. “Every aspect of our daily life has been impacted – from where we live to what jobs we can have, where the kids can go to school, to what we can do each day as a family.” Not only is she fighting a deadly disease, she’s also getting used to a lifelong disability.
Alina started kindergarten in September and is already making great strides in learning braille and using her white cane to get around. Despite her rough start to life, she’s still an active little girl who loves playing, swimming, dancing, meeting new people, and going on adventures.