Kristen is 18 years old and has acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the body’s white blood cells (WBCs).

Normally, WBCs help fight infection and protect the body against disease. But in leukemia, WBCs turn cancerous and multiply when they shouldn’t, resulting in too many abnormal WBCs, which then interfere with organ function.

Thanks to advances in therapy and clinical trials, the outlook for kids with AML is promising. With treatment, most are cured.


The Coping Cart at Norton Children’s Hospital is designed to help ease children’s stress and anxiety.

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