On April 29th, 2019 Allie went for a blood test after not feeling well for a few weeks. The next morning her doctor called directing her to go to the hospital right away. She would need a blood transfusion and a tick-borne illness was suspected to be the culprit. In the Emergency Room with her husband, Erik, Allie wondered if she would get to leave that day.
Little did she know that this would be the start of a long journey in the hospital. There was no tick. It was Leukemia and an aggressive form at that. Allie was given a 5% chance to survive. She was transferred by ambulance from Danbury Hospital to Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC. Allie didn't want to leave Danbury where she resides, afraid of not being able to see her family and friends, especially her two daughters, Lillie (age 8) and Rose (age 5). But Sloan was the best place for her to be for her type of cancer.
Allie went through two rounds of chemo. The first was seven days of 24 hours of chemo. Feeling optimistic through the whole process, Allie was devastated to find out that the chemo didn't work. Not only did it not work, the cancer levels in her bone marrow were now at 90%--going up from her initial diagnosis. The next round was said to be 3,000% stronger and thankfully it worked! This now set Allie up to receive a stem cell transplant... Essentially hitting reset on her immune system to give her a brand new one from donated umbilical cords. On August 2nd, Allie's new immune system was delivered. After more than 100 days in the hospital, and months in the American Cancer Society's Housing in NYC called Hope Lodge Allie was able to return home on October 18th and is currently in remission.
Tricia and Allie have known each other since their firstborn daughters were in daycare together eight years ago at Children's Academy in Ridgefield. Sharing so many similar experiences, as moms of two girls, and as friends, Tricia quickly stepped up to help organize "Allie's Army". Allie's Army brought hundreds of people together to help make sure Lillie, Rose and Erik were being looked after. Tricia & generous supporters organized meal trains to deliver favorite foods to Lillie and Rose while in school and during summer camp - and not just any food, but their favorite meals from their favorite restaurants (like Agave in Danbury every Monday)!
Lillie and Rose have always been a priority for Tricia. While Allie was away in the hospital, Tricia ensured birthday parties were organized, playdates were had, and school needs such as transportation were arranged. As a friend, Tricia helped to lift Allie's spirits by organizing hospital visits and joining with other mom's from St. Mary's School in Ridgefield for a daily prayer circle. On days when Allie was having important tests, students and teachers from St. Mary's would join in to help pray for a miracle. One that we actually got!
A caregiver can be so many things. The care that Tricia provided and still provides to Allie has been invaluable in keeping her spirits up, making sure that her daughters never missed a beat and rallying an entire community to help bring a miracle to fruition.
Allie and Tricia are proud and excited to be walking in the Ann's Place Fashion Show as a team! Ann's Place has helped Allie through meditation classes, yoga, family support groups and so much more. All of this they do for no cost to anyone in the community. Your support means so much to all of us! The Fashion Show is on Wednesday, April 29th at the Ridgefield Playhouse. You can purchase tickets here: fashionshow2020.org. Thank you!