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IOA Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Portola Reporter R E LAY, from page 1A understand her treatment she made cures for other plan. kids, why didn't she make a The most intensive time cure for herself?. Why didn't scheduled to end. ' "No more chemo!" Quincy for the treatment lasted from doctors help her?" said and she bounced in her the day she was admitted Dante explained that Alex chair for emphasis during an until mid-May 2014. had a difficult type of cancer Technically Quincy has to cure, unlike Quincy's , interview last week. been "in remission" since the own, ",If we do everything The diagnosis end of the first month of the d0Ctors tell us to do you Dante Meyer and her treatment, but chemotherapy wil! e cured" husband Richard Petersen continues because "leukemia Asthe mother and were living in Malaysia, cells are really good at daughter continued talking hiding," Dante said. about death and cancer, it their home of 10 years, with Quincy still receives daily was clear that it was a their two children, Carter ....... doses of chemo through a subject they had discussed and Quincy. Dante and port and nearly weekly blood many times. Richard both taught at the International School. Carter, tests to monitor her blood Quincy will have a counts. h must see a doctor lemonade stand at the who was 5 at the time, was .... ........... attending the school, and hi once a= .mon h and goes to farmers' market in Quincy UCSF every 84 days to this year, and one at Relay little sister, Quincy, 3, was in receive Chemo in her spine, for Life as well. preschool, which requires that she be Team Quincy members will Quincy Petersen holds up the book that her mother, Dante At the beginning of Meyer, made for her to chronicle the first several months of September 2013, Quincy put under anesthesia. That wear this T-shirt as theyRelay for Life team her fight against childhood leukemia. Dante said she thought schedule works as long as walk in the June 20 Relay for Relay for Life's Team it would be a good remembrance for Quincy when she was wasn't feeling well. She had Quincy's body responds as Life. The front sports Quincy now has 30 older, but the 5-year-old enjoys it now. Photo by Debra Moore random fevers, tonsillitis and desired, but her blood tests Quincy's personal logo and various viruses. The first members. Their T-shirts have often been irregular, words "Team Quincy" and ..... feature Quincy's logo and doctor prescribed antibiotics, forcing more doctor visits the back boasts an the words "Team Quincy", but Quincy didn't improve, and more trips to San inspirational message to . on the front and the back "She became very Francisco. fight childhood cancer. Photo lethargic," Dante recalled. reads "Supporting Warrior A second doctor ordered For the intensive byDebra Moore Princesses and Super Heroes blood tests and said, "Let's treatment period, Dante and in their Fight Against just hope it's denguefever." Quincy lived mostly at the Quincy Q, We Love You Childhood Cancer." hospital or at Family House, Quincy's odyssey has beenDante said that the drugs "And I thought, 'That's the a home for children and their chronicled on Facebook, on Quincy is receiving are the best scenario?'" Dante said. The next few days were a parents as they go through her page Quincy Q, We Love same that were treatments. Richard You. It features a dual-heart administered 30 and 40 years blur of tests, hospital stays, a remained in Malaysia so that logo in orange and pink ago. She said the budget for diagnosis of leukemia and initial treatment. Dante the family could continue to the orange is for leukemia childhood cancer research is described the cancer hospital have an income and medical awareness and the pink, one exceedingly low and She in Malaysia as very. coverage. Carter stayed of her favorite colors, is for wants to bring awareness to Qverseas as well, so .he Quincy. . il '.that fact. , depressing; her father, "have a paren t to:take care: f . Donald Gasser, who lives in The 5-year-old is all little When Quincy was asked Quincy, Called Stanford and him. : : i girl. She loves Tinkerbell why she is part of the UC San Francisco. arter since been and the Make-A-Wish ' Relay for Life team, she said, Dante s mother, Davney, rednited with his mother and Foundation sent the family" "Because we -don't want sister, but Richard still: on a trip to Disneyworld so other people to get sick." was already en route to works in Malaysia and visits she could see her favorite To help raise'funds, Malaysia. She wasn't aware of the leukemia diagnosis, during school holidays, characters, She favors Quincy will be selling but was coming to take care Luckily Dante has a greatfairies and princesses, and beaded necklaces and of her sick granddaughtersupport network and good her bedroom is decoratedbracelets that she began while Dante and Richard timing. Her parents had like an enchanted forest, making during the long worked, recently moved back to Her new favorite book ishours spent at the hospital. During this very difficult Quincy and had just "Alex's Lemonade Stand," a "My beading is going like time, exacerbated by completed a major remodel of book that tells the story of hotcakes!" she said as she language differences, Dr.the home where Davney hadAlexandra "Alex" Scott, who holds up some of her work. Mignon Loh, a pediatric been raised, including was diagnosed with the -Team Quincy's location cancer specialist for UCSF construction of a guesthouse, childhood cancer will be very visible at this With dad working in Malaysia, Quincy's family cherishes their Benioff Children's Hospital, Dante and her husband hadneuroblastoma when she year's Relay for Life. Just time together. This photo was taken during a reunion in June called. She told Dante and begun constructing a third was 1. look for the castle, complete of 2014. Quincy, center, is shown with older brother, Carter, house on the property, one At age 4 Alex opened herwith turrets, that is being and her dad, Richard, and mom, Dante. Photo submitted Richard something they that would be their home first lemonade stand to raise constructed by Malcolm didn't know: the doctors in Malaysia had already begun someday, money for the hospital Dawson and Chris Smith, chemo. "We were just going to take where she had been treated, of Graeagle. The men built Arrangements were made our time and built the garage She and her siblings raised her family's home and have for Dante and Quincy, first," Dante said. "But with $2,000. remained a part of her life. accompanied by Davney, the return to the states, we That was just the And it's easy to see why. to fly to San Francisco upped the timetable for beginning. She and her The little girl who has been construction and moved in family held annual through so much has a immediately, last summer" "UCSF was really lemonade stands to benefit fighting spirit andan responsive," Dante said. Now her parents are justchildhood cancer researchinfectious personality. "The next day there was steps away. and as word spread of theShe invites everyone to "I couldn't do any of this little girl's efforts, others this year's Relay for Life to a biopsy, picc line (peripherally inserted without them," Dante said. began selling their own be held Saturday, June 20, central catheter) and the first "We're trying to keep it as lemonade and sending the at the Plumas County round of chemo." normal as possible for the kids." proceeds to Alex's courthouse in Quincy from Dante said that the doctors Though the family now foundation. Alex died at age 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. calls Quincy home, Dante8, but by then she had raised Last year Quincy walked and nurses explained misses the friends and life more than $1 million to cure in the survivors' lap and everything in detail to her and to Quincy, even that she left in Malaysia. childhood cancer, this year she will lead an providing the little girl with "We had to leave so As Quificy thumbs entire team to raise money This card is a permanent fixture on the family refrigerator. It a medical kit for her dolts so quickly, I didn't get to say 'through the book, she looks for the American Cancer was a gift from one of Quincy's favorite nurses. PhotobyDebra that she could better goodbye to anyone," she said. up at her mom and asks, "If Society. Moore i at the/ Queen Eurotop Sets rio. 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