You may have read about little Hailey Kent and her battle with Leukemia on Surrogate Mothers Onlinehttp://www.SurroMom sOnline.com. There are links on the front page that will direct you to the posts that relate to Hailey and how the Surrogacy Community is pulling together to help her.
Hailey Kent and her twin brother, Ryan, were born through Gestational Surrogacy in Simi Valley, CA in June 2006. At 4 months old, Hailey was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) also know as Mixed Lineage Leukemia (MLL), a rare, aggressive form of Leukemia. Only 1 in 19 million babies are diagnosed with ALL.
Immediately, Hailey underwent very aggressive chemotherapy and had several blood transfusions to fight the cancer. Because of her rare blood type, O negative, it has been a challenge to find a 100% matching bone marrow donor.
O negative is a universal donor, which means they can donate to any blood type, however, they can only receive O negative blood which makes up for less than 7% of the US population. Hence, the challenge for a 100% match. Unfortunately, Hailey's fraternal twin brother is not a match.
Eleven months ago, Hailey underwent a stem cell transplant from an anonymous donor. The transplant was a mismatch with only a 94% match. This was the only hope at the time to save Hailey. She was too sick to wait any longer. Since the match was only at 94%, 6% of the cancer cells are still potentially present and harmful. Hailey spent several months in isolation in the hospital after the transplant. As anticipated, the transplanted stem cells are being rejected by Hailey's fragile body. This complication is called Graft Versus Host Disease.
Hailey is now at home with her family where she belongs. She is still isolated from others because of her weakened immune system, so she can only go outside to doctor appointments and she can't be around other children. Her brother is also in isolation so he doesn't bring home any illnesses to Hailey. Hailey's chance of relapsing is 75%. If she does relapse there are no options available to treat her besides finding the 100% match that can cure her. At this point, the only chance of finding a match for Hailey is for her parents to have another baby.
The Kents have decided to have another little miracle through Gestational Surrogacy. It was a difficult decision for Maria and Rick to add to their family at a time like this, but without this baby Hailey may not live. By having this baby, their dreams of expanding their family can come true and it is also away to save their daughter's life. Utilizing special technology, this baby will be a 100% stem cell and bone marrow match for Hailey.
The RE will use a form of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) to determine which embryos are a 100% match for Hailey. Statistically, 1 of 4 embryos could be a match. Only those will be transferred to the Gestational Surrogate.
This is where we need your help. It is no secret how costly infertility procedures are. The Kents cannot finance another Surrogacy due to all the medical bills for Hailey and already paying for the journey for the twins. We are reaching out to the Surrogacy Community asking for help to raise enough funds to support a compassionate GS through her journey for the Kents. At this time, we have offers of non-compensated or discount services from the Kent's Reproductive Endocrinologist, a psychiatrist, and attorneys. We have a wonderful, experienced GS from TX who has volunteered to be the Kent's Surrogate for no compensation. The entire Surrogacy Community is excited about this and wants to help. However, we are still in need of funding for medications, the PGD to test the embryos for Hailey's match, medical co-pays and deductibles for the GS, travel expenses, accommodations, and other incidentals for the journey. We will need approximately 15,000 to make this happen. If we had 150 people to give $100, that would be the total $15k. If you can give anything...even if only $1.00, it would be appreciated.
Please help us with our effort to raise funds for The Hailey Kent Benefit Fund. Without your contribution, Hailey will not have a chance if she relapses. Time is of the essence. We have everything in place except for the funding. Please contact us if you are interested in making a donation to help save Hailey's life. On behalf of the entire Kent family, we thank you!