What do these women have in common? They love ice cream, they’re studying nursing, and neither would be here today without lifesaving blood products. Lolo Hacker and Annika Vohs are both survivors of aggressive pediatric blood cancers and lived through difficult treatments with the help of their doctors, nurses, families, and complete strangers who donated whole blood and platelets.
Annika was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) on July 7th, 2016. She spent the next seven months undergoing treatment at both Children’s Hospital and Nebraska Medicine in Omaha. Annika needed six months of chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant, and four weeks of radiation. Her last day of treatment was February 5th, 2017.
Lolo was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) on December 12, 2012 and was treated at Omaha’s Children’s Hospital. She recovered and spent the next three years rebuilding her life only to relapse in the form of a myeloid sarcoma in her leg in the spring of 2016. Lolo fought once again and is now five years in remission from her second fight with pediatric AML. Her experiences prompted her family to start a nonprofit, Lolo’s Angels. Lolo’s Angels’ goal is to fund new research so that more kids can beat cancer and host blood drives so kids like Lolo and Annika can survive and thrive!
Lolo is currently a sophomore at Creighton University studying Nursing and is a member of the Gamma Phi sorority!
Pediatric cancer fighters rely on the generosity of volunteer blood donors to save and sustain their lives. Donate blood on November 20 and receive an exclusive pair of blood donor socks!
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