Meet Miracle Kid Arieonna Beasley
Posted at: 06/01/2012 4:54 PM
| Updated at: 06/01/2012 6:51 PM
By: Lynette Adams | WHEC.com
Even before Arieonna Beasley was born, her parents had to make a decision about her life and future.
Doctors found traits of Down syndrome. Her parents didn't know what to expect but life was normal for Arieonna's first two years. Then one day her mom noticed her usually bubbly toddler wasn't herself. “When I got off work I went to pick them up and she didn't come. They usually run to me at the door but she didn't. She was just sitting there with her hands on her hips like trying to catch her breath.”
Beasley didn't waste time getting Arie to the doctor. The little one's skin was pale. Within minutes the doctor was asking how quickly she could get to the hospital.
Beasley had just enough time to call her husband. “I kinda knew it was serious.”
Within hours, their world would be turned upside down. The Beasleys didn't get to go home. Five days later, Dr. Jeffrey Andolina delivered the diagnosis -- Arieonna had acute myeloid leukemia. “AML is a more aggressive leukemia and it's more difficult to treat so many patients who have the diagnosis of AML need to be in a hospital for a long time.”
Corey Beasley didn't worry. “I knew through faith and through the word of God she would come out of it. I didn't exactly know how long it would take.”
It was a seven-month journey that included chemotherapy treatments everyday. “She did the chemo with no problems and the nurses fell in love with her. They would take her out and about in the hallways and she would speak to everybody.”
Arie became known as the mayor of the fourth floor. Today her leukemia is in remission.
The Beasleys say they wouldn't have gotten through this without a lot of help from the people at Golisano Children's Hospital. “They really treated her as though it was there own child.”
Arie is back home, back to herself and the prognosis is good.
You can meet all our Miracle Kids this Sunday during the Miracle Network Telethon for Golisano Children’s Hospital.
The telethon airs on News10NBC from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.