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Community love and support surrounds Ivy McKane as she fights leukemia

Ivy McKane at Children’s Hospital receiving treatment for her Leukemia. A wall of cards from her preschool classmates decorated the walls.

by Trinity Gruenberg

The Bertha-Hewitt community rallies for one of their own, Ivy McKane, age 5, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on April 23.

The preschooler loves to dance and do gymnastics, play with her animals, ride horse or four-wheeler, and play dress-up. She is curious, intelligent, compassionate, and kind.

Ivy is the daughter of Jessica and Jesse McKane and has an older brother, Isaac, and the family resides in Hewitt.

Ivy had been complaining of knee pain and began walking with a limp. Jessica took her in to have her checked out. Nothing was found in the imaging, but her blood work was concerning.

After a consult with Children’s in Minneapolis, they made the trip to their emergency room, where Ivy’s blood work was re-checked. The results determined that Ivy needed to be admitted for a thorough workup. The tests revealed the Leukemia. 

Ivy was hospitalized for the next 12 days and had several tests and procedures to develop her treatment plan. Ivy had a lumbar puncture, bone marrow aspiration, a tap of her knee and hip, and the placement of a port in her chest.

ALL is a fast-moving leukemia and luckily it was caught early. It’s more common and tends to be an easier one to treat....



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