There comes a time in the chemotherapy process when the patient will likely lose his or her hair. It’s viewed as a battle lost in the cancer process, but not to Libriti Greene.
The 5-year-old girl with Santa Clarita Valley’s largest smile decided to one-up the disease by cutting it off before it fell out, instead replacing her curly hairstyle with a wavy flow of pink beads.
Libriti: 1; Cancer: 0.
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The kindergartner was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoma Leukemia on December 10, less than a week after her parents, Senta and Russ, noticed a tiny bruise on her stomach. As more red spots surfaced, the Greenes took their daughter to the doctor’s office. In just 45 minutes the family received the bad news: Libriti had cancer.
It’s a cruel twist of fate considering Senta is a self-employed children’s advocate, her profession often taking her across the world.
“Here she is fighting for kids in other countries and then her daughter just becomes so sick, so her income is just cut off immediately,” said Chris Parrazzo, director of Christ Lutheran Preschool, which Libriti attended for two years.
Along with school assistant Tami Pittock and SCV Moms representative Jackie MacDougall, Parrazzo created the For the Love of Libriti fund to help sustain Libriti’s medical insurance.
Through a Facebook page and Paypal account, individuals can deposit money, send checks and donate gift cards.
When accessing the Paypal account, donors should enter the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Checks and gift cards can also be sent to the address below:
“For the Love of Libriti”
P.O. Box 55764
Santa Clarita CA 91385
“Libriti is very intelligent, very bubbly, very sweet with other children, very inquisitive about the world around her and she just has one of those personalities that is larger than life,” said Parrazzo. “You just know that she will be something in this world of ours. It’s just affected us so deeply that somebody like that could get so sick so fast.”
By December 28, the ALL had gone into remission. Unfortunately, at the same time doctors discovered the little girl was carrying the Philadelphia Chromosome, a genetic abnormality that brought back the cancer in a different form.
“She went out from an 80 percent success rate to a 3 percent success rate,” said Parrazzo.
Now the parents are doing everything they can to keep their daughter from getting worse. Russ, a self-employed investigator in the LA County area is taking time off to be with his daughter.
“Here they are spending every minute with their daughter just trying to make sure that she lives,” said Parrazzo. “We just want to free up the pressure to assist them.”