Diane Delaney

Diane Delaney is 11 years old and is in the fifth grade at Woodburn Elementary School. Diane lives with her parents, Laura and Dennis, and her older brother, Doug, who is 15. Diane likes school very much. She most enjoys doing school work when she can link it to her true passion–animals. If she’s assigned to do a book report, she might write about Charlotte’s Web, and if she’s asked to do an art project, you can bet she’ll use an animal as her model! She has two pets of her very own, a dog named Ruby and a hamster named Spot. Also, she has taken riding lessons at the local equestrian center since she was very young. Diane is currently being treated for acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), the most common childhood cancer. Diane began her chemotherapy treatments immediately after diagnosis and had her external catheter put in shortly thereafter. About a month after her first treatment, Diane’s cancer went into remission because of the chemotherapy she received. She is now able to return to school. However, she will continue to have treatments for about two years to make sure that the leukemia doesn’t come back. Sometimes, these treatments will mean that she will have to miss school because of side effects. Diane has been receiving and will continue to receive additional instruction from a tutor to help her keep up with the other students in her class. She is quick to explain, though, “I don’t want to be treated any differently just ‘cause I have leukemia.”