Makenna, daughter of Chad & Danielle Pelletier of Fort Kent, has been struggling with esophageal stricture , a narrowing of the esophagus, since age 7 months. This condition has impeded her ability to eat solid foods. To correct the situation Makenna has undergone 8 esophageal dilations every 3 months for 21 months. Unfortunately for Makenna ,the treatments didn't stop there. At age 3, Makenna was diagnosed with brain stem glioma ( tumor which grow on the brain stem). To combat this disease she is currently undergoing 1O weekly cycles of chemo therapy.
During treatments Makenna's immune system is compromised so she is unable to go to public pools, zoos or parks. In addition, the tumors have affected her legs resulting in weakness and loss of strength both of which she is currently receiving occupational and physical therapy for.
Makenna is supported by her friends and family who say she is an, "absolute trooper" and despite her 3 hour long treatments never complains. Mom adds that every new person Makenna meets falls in love with her, and she is constantly making the doctors and nurses laugh as she is, "quite a character & has a great attitude".
When not receiving medical care, Makenna loves to play with her dollhouse, color, make crafts and ride on the 4-wheeler with her mommy & daddy. She also enjoys watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Puppy Dog Pals & Caillou.
Makenna is currently in the process of having her wish granted to meet her all time favorite character Minnie Mouse! And to date we are happy to report that Makenna's tumors are shrinking. Way to go Makenna!
Makenna was nominated by the staff of The Cubby in Madawaska: Edie Bellefleur, Karen Cyr, Mikayla Michaud and Torry Millette.
*To nominate a child living with a chronic or life threatening illness pick up an application at one of our stores or visit us at www.thecubby.org