On a Friday in 2011, Damian O’Doherty and Alycia Steinberg thought their two-year-old daughter Avey had an ear infection. But when her pediatrician also tested for strep throat, Avey bled when her throat was swabbed, an unusual reaction. So the pediatrician did blood work, then called on Monday with the news: Avey might have leukemia. Doctors at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center confirmed that she had acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Read Entire Profile

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