Lodi’s Caitlyn Sprinkle resilient through cancer fight
Caitlyn Sprinkle, 7, holds up fingers signaling “I love you” while returning from medical procedures at the Roseville Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Roseville.
- Where to donate
If you would like to donate a pint of blood to help Caitlyn Sprinkle, please visit the American Medical Response office in Stockton at 400 S. Fresno Avenue between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. today. If you have other questions or would like to make an appointment to donate blood to Sprinkle, contact AMR spokesperson David Durand at 209-993-6932 or David.Durand@amr.net.
You can also visit Hutchins Street Square every Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to donate. Please mention you would like to donate to Caitlyn Sprinkle and Roseville Women's and Children's Hospital when you give blood.
Money donations can be sent to Lincoln Elementary School at 6910 North Gettysburg Place, Stockton, CA 95207 in care of Caitlyn Sprinkle.
- Caitlyn Sprinkle at a glance
Her favorite colors are pink, purple and blue.
She is just learning to play the guitar, and her favorite animal is a panda bear.
Sprinkle loves to do art projects, and really likes to eat sushi.
Her current Make-a-Wish dream is to fly to Washington, D.C. to meet President Barack Obama and play with his daughters, Natasha and Malia.
To read more about Sprinkle's journey and her experience dealing with AML, visit www.caringbridge.org.
- Information about acute myeloid leukemia
Acute myeloid leukemia is the most common type of acute leukemia. More than 11,900 new cases occur in the United States each year, mostly in older adults. The average age of a person with AML is 65 years. Fewer than 10 percent of people with AML are children. Acute myeloid leukemia is also called acute myeloblastic leukemia, acute myelogenous leukemia, acute granulocytic leukemia, or acute nonlymphocytic leukemia.
The symptoms of AML are caused by low numbers of healthy blood cells and high numbers of leukemia cells.
White blood cells fight infection. Low numbers can lead to fever and frequent infections.
Red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body. Low numbers can lead to anemia — feeling tired or weak, being short of breath, and looking pale.
Platelets control bleeding. Low numbers can lead to easy bleeding or bruising and tiny red spots under the skin (petechiae).
High numbers of leukemia cells may cause pain in the bones or joints.
— Source: marrow.org.
Posted: Monday, June 25, 2012 12:00 am
Updated: 6:33 am, Mon Jun 25, 2012.
Lodi resident Caitlyn Sprinkle has a smile that spreads widely across her face. She enjoys decorating cupcakes, likes the color pink and is obsessed with Disney princesses. But apart from that, Sprinkle is not your average child.
Instead of playing in the backyard after school every day or riding around on a bike, Sprinkle is confined to a 12- by 18-foot room in a Roseville hospital.
Monday, June 25, 2012 12:00 am.
Updated: 6:33 am.