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Hey guys, :iconaquasequoialioness: has given me permission to post this.

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.

Thanks so much guys. :heart:

MJ and Matt's colors - AquaSequoiaLionessRef by SunRei

Brooklyn's ref - Character for Aqua by SunRei (the bows aren't required, I mainly used them to show she's a girl)

A few examples of their characters - Family race :commission: by TorazTheNomad Contentment by SunRei

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Flexico Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wait, the size of a CANTALOUPE?! O_o
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SunRei Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
I'm not sure, but I think that was the combined size of the tumor and the kidney together. I do know that it was too big for them to safely surgically remove from her (including blood vessels and other things I would assume), so that's why she's had to get chemotherapy treatments done first.
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Flexico Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But ... but that's ... HOW did it get so big before anyone noticed?!
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SunRei Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015
Well, from what I understand, not only is this type of tumor very aggressive, but she wasn't showing any signs or symptoms of it until the day they took her to the hospital. She woke up with pain and her abdominal area was quite hard, and she had blood in her urine that day, so they went to the hospital. But before that, she had just acted the same as normal, didn't complain of any pain, ate as normal, etc. So I think the tumor may have been growing unnoticed but once it reached a certain point, that's when symptoms started to show up. :shrug:

In any case, the most important thing is that they caught it and are now working to treat it. Sometimes life can get pretty scary when a medical issue turns everything upside down.
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Flexico Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, no kidding. I didn't sleep at all the night I found out.
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Flexico Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I can't afford to offer any monetary assistance ... but if Brooklyn needs a kidney I have a spare one. XD
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SunRei Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
Haha, how do you send someone a kidney...air mail? :D
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Flexico Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sure there is a way! Life-flight or something. Or (hah) remember that part in "Rat Race" where the guy was delivering a heart? XD
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SunRei Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015
OMG yes, hahahaha, I'd forgotten about that! :D
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Flexico Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I certainly wouldn't hire him... XD

Anyway, please tell Aqua that I've been really worried about her, even before I found out what was going on. She suddenly stopped texting me in the middle of a conversation and didn't reply to anything for over a month. I knew something was wrong.
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SunRei Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015
Well, I'd probably recommend waiting to find out if you're a blood match BEFORE you send over the kidney - I think they're sort of hard to put back in the same person (or at least its a big hassle!). XD

I'll be sure to mention it the next time I talk to her. Thanks for keeping her in your thoughts! :)
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Flexico Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And I always do! =3
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Flexico Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good point -- how do you even check that?
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PhoenixMystery Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's a lineart for Brooklyn to color :)

sta.sh/0e90qq1xd7l

I mean to make a proper drawing for Aqua too,I'm a little tight on time right now,but I'll try :D
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SunRei Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
Aww, thank you so much - it looks amazing! She'll just love it! :heart: I'll make sure Aqua sees it - but it may take her a while to get online to comment, just so you know.

Which character would you like me to draw for your headshot? :)

Thanks again! And I know how busy life gets, so no worries. :hug:
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PhoenixMystery Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem at all,it's the least I can do right now...I truly hope she will be happy coloring this.And don't worry about Aqua seeing it,I understand that she has to cope with a lot right now.All I hope for is that she and Brooklyn can stay safe and sound...for their little family to be happily together.

Well,about the headshot,I understand that you must have quite a big load of requests...So I was thinking,instead of a request,we could perhaps make it a trade?I mean,I'll gladly draw a headshot for you too.It might take me some time to get to it,as these days are quite intense,but otherwise I really wouldn't mind. :)
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SunRei Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
Oh, I know she will! Brooklyn just LOVES coloring and painting things, so she will have a lot of fun with it! If I lived closer, I would go over and take pictures of her coloring the linearts people have sent. But I live reeeeally far away. :giggle:

I do have a few I still need to get done, but I would still be happy to do it as a request for you. Its my way of saying how much I appreciate everyone's efforts in cheering this little family up. But if you'd really like to make it a trade, that's fine as well. Just don't feel like you have to or anything! (And as for the time, no problem, take as long as you like) :)

If you still want to do it as a trade, you could choose any of my characters from here: sunrei.deviantart.com/gallery/…

But most importantly - who would you like me to draw for you? :la:
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PhoenixMystery Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How is Brooklyn doing?I hope she's a lot better by now...


(And I would like to do it as a trade.:)If you still feel like it and have the time,you could draw Nirani for me: fav.me/d82jwib)
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SunRei Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015
I'm so sorry for the late reply! I haven't had a chance to be online much the past couple months.

Brooklyn is doing much better thankfully. She still gets a bit sick sometimes after chemotherapy and they had to keep her off it for a few weeks because her blood counts (immune system I think) was low, so she needed time to recover, but she's doing alright now. She's getting a wish granted from one of the..uh.. wish-granting organizations. :XD: (LOL, that sounds so dumb, I'm sorry, I don't remember what the name of the group is :giggle:)

I would love to draw Nirani for you, she's gorgeous! I'll try to get your headshot up in the next couple of weeks (and there's no rush in getting the headshot done for me, any time is fine). Thank you so much, you didn't need to do that! :heart:
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PhoenixMystery Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey Sunny!Don't worry about it,I know how life can be.To be honest,until recently,I hadn't been much around DA myself...

It's great to hear that Brooklyn is doing better.Since she's still so young,I imagine (and hope) that her immune system should recover quickly...I'm sure she must have greatly appreciated the time off...And I imagine she was really happy with the wish that she got granted!I haven't heard of something similar before,it's brilliant that such organizations exist to offer happiness and smiles.:D I hope Aqua is also coping well...

And I can't wait to see Nirani in your style!Do take your time though,there's no reason to stress over it.^^
I might start working on my half the next days,since I finally have some inspiration again.:D *is happy*

And you really don't have to thank me.It's a very kind initiative that you undertook to stimulate the community and help Aqua and Brooklyn in those difficult times.I'm glad I could be part of it,even if it was just a little.:)
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Shembre Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
Gifty - Aqua and Brook by Shembre
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SunRei Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
Oh my gosh, Shembs, this is sooo cute! Thank you so much, they're gonna just love it! :love: As I mentioned, I'll make sure Aqua sees it but it may be a while before she has a chance to comment.

Which character would you like me to draw for your headshot? :)

Thanks again! :glomp:
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Shembre Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Professional General Artist
:D All that matters is that she and Brook get to see it!! :D :la: I really hope it puts huge smiles on their faces.

Only if you have time and no rush, if you please I would love if you'd drew my fursona. Again, no rush at all, Sunny :aww: You probably have a bunch of others to do, Sunny. :hug:

Shembre Reference 2011
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SunRei Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
Oh sure, I'd love to draw her! :love: I'll try to have it done in the next couple of weeks. :dummy:
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Shembre Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Professional General Artist
:heart: Alrighty, take your time :meow:
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PhoenixMystery Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Gosh,that's terrible.It must be so hard on them...I really REALLY hope with all my heart it'll turn out just fine both for little Brooklyn and Aqua.She was one of the kindest people I met long ago on TLKFAA...I'll  draw some gift art as soon as I can and I'll share the donation page.

I will gladly repost your journal on my da page as well,if that's ok with you,there's always chance that more people could help someway....
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SunRei Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Aww, thank you so much for your kind comments! She really is a wonderful person - I hate seeing such an awful thing happen to them.

Thanks for your offer to repost my journal, you are most welcome to! The more people who see it the better, because it means a chance for more prayers/donations/gift art/etc. Thank you hun! :tighthug:

BTW, did you use this username on TLKFAA or another name? We may have known each other on there years ago too, but I don't recognize your name (sorry!) :)
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PhoenixMystery Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem,it's the least I can do right now...I hope more people will see it and help.Noone deserves to go through such situations...It's heartbreaking and I hope things can come around as soon as possible.

Anyway,I don't use this username in TLKFAA.I'm a registered member there under the name Kossu since 2004.While I've seen you around,I don't think we ever interacted...I was quite inactive for a few years,around 2007-2009 so I missed a lot that happened in the site and when I came back it was so different...And most of the people I followed have "disappeared".I made a small comeback recently and I try to keep more in touch with the community ever since.:)
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SunRei Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
It really makes me smile to see people wanting to help, whether it be people who know them or complete strangers. Things have been up and down with them - Aqua had the surgery to remove the lump in her thyroid and thankfully it turned out to be benign, so she's alright, but her daughter has been having a rough time with her chemotherapy. I think maybe I'll post an update and link to their facebook page so people can check for updates if they'd like.

I had a look at TLKFAA and I have you in my faves list (I don't recall adding anyone recently) so I have definitely been poking around your art at some point in the past! :giggle: I did a disappearing act where I left it for a few years too and I'm pretty busy so I don't tend to comment as much there any more, but I do still visit since there's a few artists I watch who don't have dA. Either way, I'm always happy to connect with other people, so I'll definitely see you around more often here or there! :dummy:
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SunRei Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
Awww, this is really beautiful, thank you so much!! :heart: I'll make sure Aqua gets it, but it might be a bit before she comments, just a heads up.

Which character would you like me to draw for your headshot? :)

Thanks again, it will definitely make them smile! :tighthug:
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MikeBennett1980 Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She's in my prayers.
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SunRei Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
Thank you so much, I really appreciate it! :hug:
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MikeBennett1980 Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! 
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Goldenoftheheart Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Student Digital Artist
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SunRei Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
Aww, thank you so much, hun! This is really adorable! It will definitely help put a smile on their faces! :hug: I'll make sure Aqua gets it, but it might be a while before she can reply, just keep that in mind.

What character would you like me to draw for your headshot? :)

Thanks again! :love:
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Goldenoftheheart Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I will like that you draw him ^^: fanart.lionking.org/Artists/Go…
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SunRei Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
Aww, he's cute! I'll get it done for you in the next couple weeks. :dummy:
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Goldenoftheheart Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Okay ^^ thank you! :D
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Goldenoftheheart Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Okay ^^
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wolflover1451 Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
I made a get well soon/character gift drawing for Brooklyn

wolflover1451.deviantart.com/a…
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SunRei Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
Thank you so much, this is so cute! It will really make Brooklyn smile! :la: I'll make sure Aqua gets it, but it may take her a while to reply, just something to keep in mind.

Which character would you like me to draw for your headshot? :)

Thanks again, you're awesome! :heart:
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wolflover1451 Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
no problem :)

don't worry about the headshot :) youv probely already got loads to do :3
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SunRei Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
Aww, well the offer is still there for you, so if you do think of one later, let me know. :) It just really means a lot to me that people want to help, cuz Aqua is like a sister to me, so I'm happy to do something in return!

Thanks again! :love:
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wolflover1451 Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
:)
seeing as your still offering I may as well ask for you to draw her wolflover1451.deviantart.com/a…
but only if you have the time

id draw something else if I could think of anything else
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SunRei Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
Of course! I'd be happy to! :)

I'll have it done in the next couple of weeks! :D
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wolflover1451 Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
ok :)
she dosent have a name yet XD
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theanimallover4 Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
I made a lineart for Brooklyn to colour in :)

theanimallover4.deviantart.com…
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SunRei Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
Aww, this is adorable! I know she'll love coloring it! Thanks so much! :love: I'll make sure Aqua gets it but it might be a while before she comments, just so you know.

Which character would you like me to draw for your headshot? :)

Thanks again! :heart:
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theanimallover4 Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
that's fine :)

could you draw this character please
theanimallover4.deviantart.com…

your welcome
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