Posted Thu 1st Jan
We the undersigned hereby petition...
This is about Briana and her dream. A 10-year-old Leukemia patient's dream about meeting Justin Bieber. We believe in dreams. We believe in miracles. If we believe, there is nothing we cannot do. This is Briana's story from her mom's eyesâ€¦. "On October 3rd, 2010, 9-year old Briana, was taken to the hospital to be treated for a minor fever and a few hours later we were given the shocking news that no parent wants to hear. Briana was diagnosed with Acute Myeloblastic Leukemia (AML). AML is a rare form of Leukemia characterized by the rapid growth of abnormal white blood cells which interferes with the production of normal blood cells. The pain and the shocking news was overwhelming. As parents, we decided that we were willing to give the last penny in order to cure this disease. 48 hours later, Briana was flown from Dominican Republic to one of the best hospitals in Florida o start treatment. After arriving, we spent 6 intense weeks in the hospital, with 20 long days of continuos painful chemotherapy treatment. A few days after the treatment was done, Doctors said that her condition was good enough for her to go home. We had to find a place close to the hospital and we found a place just one hour away. On this first stage, Briana defeated her Leukemia with very little effort. We were delighted, blessed and very grateful to God for such a quick victory. To make sure the Leukemia will not come back, Briana was given chemotherapy for 7 excruciating months and after that we flew back to our home. Back in our home, we had several joyful months having trust that the disease was gone. On October 25th 2011, however, Briana was diagnosed with Leukemia, for the second time. She was flown back to the US, and was given chemotherapy once again with the hopes of taking Briana into remission and then be able to perform a bone narrow transplant but the Leukemia was not giving in. The Doctors said that we take the risk and still do the transplant. Already decided, we started the preparations for the transplant. She had to be taken twice a day to the hospital, in an ambulance, to perform Radiation Therapy for a total of 4 days and then right after she was given 24 continuous hours of chemotherapy. The next day she was given one more day of chemotherapy before being allowed to rest. Three days later, the transplant was scheduled. We already knew the only option at this point was a bone narrow transplant so we started the dreadful task of finding a matching donor. We tested all family members with no luck. Her last hope was, Emmanuel, her older brother. After the testing was done, Emmanuel was a 99% match, nearly an identical donor, to Briana which was certaintly a gift from God since a matching donor gives better changes of curing her leukemia. The entire transplant process was the hardest. Very painful, a lot of work and team effort to accomplish it. Briana loss all her hair, her skin was burnt because of all the radiation treatment, she lost so much weight. She was placed in isolation due to her weak immune system and visits were limited, required sterile gowns, masks, gloves and overshoe attire, and children visits, although welcomed, were not advisable. This process lasted 40 days, until February 23rd, 2012, when her transplant was done. After the transplant was performed, Briana was Leukemia free for a second time. This posed a new challenge. She had no defense against any health threat, she was weak, very fragile but with new hopes. The disease was gone and so the recovery process started and we were on the way to a full leukemia-free recovery. May 23rd, 2012, exactly 3 months after the transplant we are presented with the worst news we could possibly hear. The Leukemia had return, for a third time. Currently, we are at the hospital doing more chemotherapy with our faith on God that she will go into remission for a final time. During this whole process, me and Briana have been alone in the US. We have managed to make very good friends who have given us all of their support, transportation, and a shoulder to rest. God's love never lacked and our faith is still one hundred percent on Briana's full recovery. " After seeing Briana's passion I decided it was time for us to do our part and created this campaign with three goals: #1 - We BELIEVE in Briana's healing in the name of Jesus! We want every church in America to put Briana in their prayers. #2 - We BELIEVE that anything is possible. We want to get as many fans as we can for her Facebook page: Yo tambien estoy enamorada de Justin Bieber" (I too am in love with Justin Bieber) #3 - We BELIEVE in dreams. We want to make her dream come true to meet the love of her live: Justin Bieber! Briana is very weak right now, but she is starting to get better. Although weak and fighting such a hard condition, one thing keeps her afloat. Her love and passion for Justin Bieber. She spends every single bit of her energy, managing and promoting her Facebook fan page "Yo tambien estoy enamorada de Justin Bieber" (I too am in love with Justin Bieber) that she started just when she was 9-years-old. The page is a fan club for spanish-speaking "Bieliebers" where she has reached close to 8,000 fans by now, making it the second largest Bieber fan club for spanish speakers. Her bed sheets, clothes, her Make a Wish, her everything is just for one goal: To meet the love of her life, Justin Bieber.
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