Alyssa Riley McLintock was born on October 10, 2010. At the age of 5 months, on March 17th 2011, ¬†Alyssa Riley was diagnosed with High Risk Infant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Tests revealed that her bone marrow was 98% leukemic cells. Her central nervous system (spinal fluid) also tested positive. Alyssa was only given a 30% chance for survival, a very poor prognosis. Only 3 babies a year in Canada are diagnosed with this. The doctors said they’ve never seen such a sick baby, and it was a miracle¬†that she was still functioning. After dialysis and being intubated for a month, Alyssa endured 5 months of intensive chemo, six life threatening infections, she even stopped breathing on one occasion. Through all of this she has never stopped smiling. On August 31st 2011 at Toronto Sick Kids hospital Alyssa received a bone marrow transplant . Her father was her match (less than 2% chance of that happening). She didn’t have any major complications, and doctors were so amazed at how well she recovered. Alyssa was able to return home in early October. All her tests showed that she was doing well and was in full remission . Alyssa was able to enjoy her first birthday at home, which was definitely a celebration. On January 5th of this year, while at Alyssa’s routine clinic visit, blood tests showed that her leukemia had returned. It was already taking up 77% of her bone marrow. Her parents had been told when she was first diagnosed that the transplant was her one and only chance at beating this horrible disease. Alyssa didn’t have much time left, maybe a week, as her white cell count kept rising and her organs were starting to be affected. Then came some hope, a second chance. Alyssa was accepted to take part in a research study at St. Jude hospital in Memphis Tennessee. Alyssa will receive her mother’s Natural Killer cells and then a month later she will receive her mother’s stem cells. They’ve had success stories with this protocol and the doctors are very hopeful. After receiving a week of chemotherapy at McMaster Childrens hospital to suppress the leukemia so that she would make it to St. Jude, Alyssa and her parents flew down to Memphis, Tennessee on January 17th. Alyssa has started her treatment and will be at St. Jude hospital for a minimum of 4 months. Staying strong and always smiling, Alyssa truly is a miracle.

Parents: Mark McLintock and Jaime Renner

Brother: Jacob Dodd

37 Responses to "Home"

  • What a BEAUTIFUL little girl! Praying for the family and especially for little Alyssa. <3

    1 Sara said this (April 25, 2012 at 10:53 am) Reply

  • Keep up the good work Alyssa. You are so loved and we pray for you and your family all the time.

    2 Lindsay said this (April 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm) Reply

  • My boys are students at Ontario Public School and we recieved a newsletter today with regards to the fundraiser being held in Fonthill. Has anyone advertised on kijiji in the events section? If you need any help for the fundraiser let me know.

    3 Amanda said this (April 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm) Reply

  • I have 10 grandchildren, and hope that they would be just as strong as Alyssa. I also have a niece named Alyssa.We are all praying and thinking about you. God bless you.

    4 Henry Van Gog said this (April 16, 2012 at 11:39 am) Reply

  • Hello Mark, I was so happy to see picture’s of your beautiful baby i just love her.my love and prayer’s go out to you and your wife Mark, and baby Alyssa will be held in prayer .Hope to see you all sometime love alway’s margaret roy .

    5 margaret roy said this (April 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm) Reply

  • Do you guys have a facebook page for the site ?

    6 Banks said this (April 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm) Reply

    • We do have a Facebook account now…link is on top right of web page.

      7 Mark said this (April 16, 2012 at 2:43 pm) Reply

  • Hi Alyssa,

    I love you, hope you get well and come home soon. We talked to your Grandpa Mark today and he said your doing better! Stay healthy and I hope you feel better very soon.

    Siera can’t wait to see you!!

    Love Siera Warkentin

    8 Siera Warkentin said this (April 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm) Reply

  • Our prayers are with you, you darling girl. Keep fighting,keep smiling, I know you’re the light of your papa’s eyes. Mark and Jaime, Alyssa is so lucky to have such strong caring parents. You’re all in our prayers and our hearts.

    9 Susan & Ryan Teeter said this (April 12, 2012 at 8:45 pm) Reply

  • I am so relieved to hear that she is doing so well. My positive thoughts are all coming your way to ensure it keeps going that way!

    10 Amanda said this (April 10, 2012 at 4:56 pm) Reply

  • Sending warm wishes and good thoughts for your angel baby Alyssa’s speedy recovery.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    James & Louise Scott, Grandpa Frank and Grandma Ann’s friends from Hamilton

    11 Louise & James Scott said this (April 8, 2012 at 8:22 am) Reply

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