Inspiring

24 Strangers Meet The 2-Year-Old Girl With Rare Cancer Whose Life They All Saved

Two dozen strangers reunited with a toddler who wouldn’t have survived without them, People reports.

Skye Savren-McCormick, 2, was not expected to make it after doctors diagnosed her with two types of cancer, lymphoma and juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia, a rare cancer that affects just one in a million kids.

“These words were like a hydrogen bomb had just been dropped in our laps, with the smiling face of your own child,” Skye’s mom Talia told People, adding that doctors “gave us a 10 percent chance of survival and the option to fight or quit. As parents, we decided we had to keep fighting and Skye would tell us when or if she was done.”

Skye needed daily blood and platelet transfusions and three bone marrow transplants, along with a number of other treatments and chemotherapy.

Skye received 77 units of blood throughout her 10-month stay at the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital.

“The donations were life in a bag,” Talie said. “It’s not a fight I would ever wish on anyone. But we fought it none the less, and every time we got knocked down, we stood back up.”

Skye was discharged in May, after nearly 300 days. Her cancer is in remission and her health is improving.

After she was discharged, Skye and her parents met 24 of the strangers whose blood help keep Skye alive.

“We were pretty excited to be able to meet a few of these special people. We had an idea that we’d meet at least a few, but we weren’t prepared for exactly how many would actually show up. There was a real palpable sense of gratitude and awe amongst everyone there,” Talia said.

“I kept saying thank you and thank you again from the bottom of my heart to each and every person we met that day. Skye was a little wary at first, but we had friends and family close around her and soon warmed up to being her normal bubbly self. And every time we met a donor, she was sitting in either Todd or my arms.”

“Skye has had a few obstacles such as … eating issues, different infections, and breathing issues. She has been in-patient since her May release five times. Even though we knew that was always something that could happen, it is always a blow. But she continues to be a happy toddler and continues to bring joy to our family.”

Skye’s family has set up a YouCaring page to help raise money to cover her medical costs.