Ky. family fights to save 8-month-old diagnosed with leukemia


by Michelle Arnold

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 19 at 7:22 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)  -- Imagine taking your happy, bouncing baby in for a check-up, only to find out she had leukemia. That's exactly what happened to Addison Miles' parents. They are fighting to save their 8-month-old's life.

“I was just in shock; I never once thought that she would have cancer,” Rachel Miles said.

At her 4 month checkup her pediatrician felt a mass in her stomach.   Addison was diagnosed with leukemia and to survive, she needed a bone marrow transplant fast. Her father Daniel, mother Rachel, and big sister Abby were the first to be tested to find out if they were a match.

“None of the three of us are a match so at this point we're left to go out to the National Bone Marrow registry and try to find a match,” Daniel Miles said.

In May, the Miles family appeared on Great Day Live to promote one of the two local bone marrow drives they set up. More than 1000 people signed up to be a donor.

Rachel says it just takes one. One bone marrow match to save a life. The process is very simple.

“Get out there on the registry. It's completely painless. You take 4 swabs in your mouth. It takes forty seconds and you have the chance to save somebody's life,” said Rachel Miles.

“Some more folks step up and say ‘I can help’ and we've got a chance to do something positive,” said David Miles.

Through Kosair Children’s Hospital, a positive match for Addison was found.  On Wednesday, 4 months after her diagnosis, Addison was given a much needed bone marrow transplant, caught on camera by her mother. 

The transplant went well. Addison is a happy baby.

“Everyday she wakes up with a smile on her face and she's just ready for whatever the doctors have for her,” said Rachel Miles.

It will take nearly two weeks to see if the transplant takes.

“We're just sitting and waiting. She'll get to go home hopefully in about 5 weeks,” said Rachel Miles.

The family wears bracelets as reminders, bearing the bible verse Romans 12:12.

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. It's very simple,” said David Miles.

And they have Addison's smile to help them through this.

“We have a chance to heal this child with God's help and Kosair's help,” said David Miles.