Austyn Halter was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia, AML-M7 on August 17, 2015 at just 2 ½ years of age. She endured 6 rounds of chemotherapy at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. After the 6th round, her leukemia worsened. Austyn was then accepted and flown to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee on May 15, 2016 to take part in a research study. She received a HAPNK-1 stem cell transplant and celebrated her “new birthday” on June 9, 2016. Austyn was the 30th person ever to have this type of transplant. In the days ahead, she continued to fight against this horrible disease with such grace and never let it take away her joy. She smiled, she laughed, and she danced without fear. On August 4, 2017, she gained the most beautiful angel wings and received her miracle in Heaven. #AustynStrong
Today, her legacy lives on with a new children’s book Be Brave To Be Fearless by Stacy Trimble. To purchase a copy of the book, visit http://www.claysforacure.com/store/c8/Books.html. Net proceeds from books sales will benefit Andy’s Challenge and our continued fight against pediatric cancer.
Bustin’ Clays for Cancer: November 16
Austyn’s parents, Sarah and Josh Halter, will host a book signing at The Andy Allen Clays for a Cure Challenge on November 16 at American Shooting Center, 16500 Westheimer Parkway. For more details, http://www.claysforacure.com,
The Andy Allen Clays for a Cure Challenge raises funds for much needed research and patient support for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and leukemia warriors like 15-year old Andy Allen. The Andy Allen Clays for a Cure was created in 2014, the year Andy Allen relapsed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). We are thrilled to say that Andy went into remission in April 2016!
Andy was first diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at the age of two, in 2005. After 3 ½ years of chemotherapy, Andy went into remission, and by March 31, 2013 he was celebrating his 4-year anniversary of finishing chemotherapy. He enjoyed life as a normal 9-yr old up until he relapsed in 2014. The treatment protocol used for Andy’s leukemia this time around did not exist back in 2005, the first time he was diagnosed. Thankfully, with the treatment available because of LLS funded research, Andy went into remission in April 2016, beating leukemia for the second time! Now Andy enjoys the life of your average teenager, goes to school, plays sports, and lives cancer-free.
The mission of Andy’s Challenge, the sponsor of AACFAC, is to fund cancer research and to mentor and empower young cancer heroes to become future leaders.