Alexa, 11 years old, is the sister of Pedro, who was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2015 at age five and relapsed in 2019. Alexa was the donor for Pedro’s bone marrow transplant. A Friends of Karen Sibling Support Specialist, using art therapy, helped Alexa understand Pedro’s illness and prepare for her role as his bone marrow donor. She reflects on her family’s experience with honesty, wisdom, and hope.

“I love to read and I love Pedro. He is really strong and smart. I don’t understand why everybody thinks being a bone marrow donor is such a big deal. Anyone would do that for their brother. My Mom and Auntie had to stay at the hospital all the time. I missed out on school stuff and activities, but for very important reasons. My Mom and Auntie had to take care of my brother. There is more in my future that me and Pedro could do together.”


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