MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - A "rockstar" fourth grader from Hampton Cove Elementary School is in Minneapolis for a bone marrow treatment, and the community in Huntsville is rallying around her.
10-year-old Sydney Ann MacMurray was diagnosed with Fanconia Anemia in mid-February. Sydney and her family have been at the Masonic Children's Hospital at the University of Minnesota for treatment.
Fanconia Anemia typically leads to severe bone marrow failure, requiring a bone marrow transplant. Due to Sydney's steadily declining blood cell counts, her doctor bypassed his preference of a bone marrow transplant in favor of a cord blood transplant, as the cord blood match was more readily available.
Sydney began radiation treatment last wee, and is following up with four consecutive days of chemo. On Monday she is scheduled for a cord blood transplant and will remain in the hospital for approximately three to four weeks more weeks. She will remain in Minneapolis for periodic check-ups at least until August.
While Sydney and family are in Minnesota, her friends at Hampton Cove Elementary are showing their support and love. In neighborhood around the school, you can see signs that read "Sydney is a rockstar." Several students in the neighborhood have even set up lemonade stands to raise money to send to Sydney's family.
In June, the community will host a "Swings for Sydney" golf tournament. All proceeds will go toward Sydney's treatment and expenses. You can find out more on their website RockstarSydney.net
CBS affiliate WCCO in Minneapolis recently featured Sydney on their weekly series "Kylie's Kids."
You can find out more about events to support Sydney and her family by clicking here.