Around the time of her 14th birthday, Addison Sewell was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, a growing cancer of the blood and bone marrow. “It was hard, and I really felt bad [after finding out]. I didn’t want to miss school…or soccer,” said Addison. The news of her disease not only came as a shock to Addison, but her family as well, especially her mother, Stephanie. “Leukemia was the farthest thing from my mind,” said Stephanie. “I didn’t know what the symptoms were. I didn’t even know it was a possibility.” Now, for Addison and her family, treatments for leukemia are an everyday part of their lives.
With Children’s support team and family and friends by her side, Addison keeps a smile on her face, especially when asked about a visit from Patrick Dempsey, Grey’s Anatomy’s “Dr. McDreamy.” “It was so awesome for him to make the trip out here,” said Stephanie. “At first it was only going to be a phone call, but he was determined to make it happen [the visit]. Addison was so excited.”