Aqua’s 3 year old daughter, Brooklyn, has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Nephroblastoma, (also known as Wilm's tumor). Wilm's tumor is a rare kidney cancer that primarily affects children ages 3-5 years old. So far, she has had a surgery to insert a port in her chest so that they can administer her chemotherapy and take blood samples easier. She had her first chemotherapy treatment this morning and has been doing well so far, so her doctor has decided to release her from the hospital and allow her to go home. She will have chemo for around 6 weeks to shrink the tumor on her left kidney, which is the size of a cantaloupe right now. After the 6 weeks she'll have another scan to check the size of the tumor. If it has shrunk enough then she'll have surgery to have her entire left kidney removed. She will then continue the chemo and start radiation to make sure they kill off all the cancer cells that may have been left behind.
Just a week ago, Brooklyn was fine and wasn’t showing any unusual signs or symptoms. She took a sudden bad turn on Tuesday and was admitted to the hospital that same afternoon. In the few days since then they have struggled to comprehend what has happened and are trying to cling to every hope that she’ll pull through this.
Aqua is also facing her own medical problems and has a surgery scheduled for next week to remove a lump in her thyroid. Anyone who knows Aqua knows that she’s one of the sweetest, most giving people. My heart breaks for her and all the difficulties she is currently facing.
I know money is tight for a lot of people right now, so if you are unable to donate, that’s totally fine. But if you can help, they have a page set up for donations here ( www.gofundme.com/m-btilley ). Every bit helps and is greatly appreciated, no matter the amount.
I would really love to be able to help cheer them up. If anyone is willing and able to draw gift art for them as a surprise, I know it would help put a smile on their faces. I've posted refs for their characters at the bottom of this post. I couldn’t find a proper reference online, so I did a simplified one of the colors for MJ and Matt (Aqua's fursona and her husband's fursona). If you're unsure of anything, feel free to ask me.
It could be a picture of all of them or just one – a colored drawing or a sketch – anything is fine! It could even be a lineart that Brooklyn could color. Please know that if you do draw something, it may take Aqua a few days to comment on it, but she will see it and I know it will brighten up her day. As a personal thank you, I will happily draw a headshot of one character of your choice for every person who does gift art for her.
You guys are welcome to send her messages/emails/anything to ask more about the situation or offer words of support. Again, it may take her some time to reply, so please don’t think she’s ignoring you or anything.
Lastly, if you believe in a higher being and can keep Aqua and Brooklyn in your prayers, they would appreciate it so much. Or if you could pass along the link to their donation page, that would be wonderful.