“I delivered our third child in the front seat of our car,” says SW.  Along with her husband and two older children, ages 9 and 6, SW welcomed a baby girl on March 4, 2018 in the Capital Medical Center parking lot.  After losing a lot of blood during the delivery, her medical team recommended a blood transfusion. Routine blood tests reported low platelets. Additional tests, transfusions and a bone marrow biopsy followed. On March 6, 2018, just two days after her daughter was born, SW was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).

SW wanted to celebrate her new baby and worked out an agreement with her oncologist for a platelet transfusion every two days to buy some time.  Unfortunately, an infection quickly followed and she was forced into treatment immediately.

“I ended up with all the infections and side effects,” said SW who has spent more time in the hospital than at her Olympia home bonding with her newborn daughter and two older children.

SW is a teacher and the primary income for her family.  Her maternity leave was intended to last through the end of the school year but her cancer diagnosis has shifted her plans.  She is now on an unpaid leave of absence, working through donated time off from her coworkers.  Her April paycheck was $1,600 short of her usual income. With a baby to feed and diaper and two growing kids, money has become very tight.

The Mayday Foundation will be delivery grocery gift cards to this Olympia family as well as assisting with utilities. An online diaper drive is occurring through Tuesday, May 8. Every $25 donation will be used to buy a box of diapers. Donate $50 to send a pack of diapers and a container of formula.


The Mayday Foundation is a 501(c)(3) approved non-profit organization that supports families with a parent diagnosed with cancer while caring for children at home. The Mayday Foundation can provide immediate, practical help with expenses like rent, utilities, groceries, transportation costs, and other household expenses. For tax purposes, our EIN is 82-3914026.

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