Lindsey Zelt

During her sophomore year of high school, Lindsey became very sick. Thinking it was the flu, she went to her doctor, and they told her it was a virus that needed to run its course. As she continued to become worse, her parents took her back to the emergency room the next day. After many tests and blood transfusions due to her low hemoglobin count, Lindsey later found out that she had Acute Myeloid Leukemia at the age of 15 and that she would need to leave Fort Wayne to go to Riley Hospital for Children. The next day, she was loaded into an ambulance and taken to Indianapolis where she would have surgery and start chemotherapy that day. Lindsey said, “The nurses and doctors at Riley made this experience one I would never forget. They were kind and compassionate and knew how to talk to me in a way I would not only understand, but feel confident that I would be alright.” She spent many days and nights in that hospital and underwent 4 rounds of chemotherapy, 30-35 day stays in the hospital, then 5-7 days at home. A life that she, along with her family, had to get adjusted to. She states, “October 11, 2012 was the day my life changed forever- diagnosis day. February 26, 2013 was the best day of my life- remission day. Without the love and support from my family, friends, nurses, and doctors, I would not be the person I am today, the person who survived childhood Leukemia.”