Good Hood Club
The Paisley Hoodie
The Paisley Zip-Up is named in honour of POGO ambassador, Paisley. Paisley was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic
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When Amie noticed a rash and pinpoint-sized reddish-purple spots on her two-year-old daughter, Paisley, she thought maybe she had a virus. But when the test results came back, Paisley was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The spots were due to low platelets and her blood work showed a very high white blood cell count. Because of the high count, Paisley was put into a high-risk category and the family spent the next month living closer to the hospital in Toronto—2.5 hours away from home.
Due to COVID restrictions, only one parent was allowed to be at the hospital at any given time. Amie and her husband stayed at a hotel nearby for the month, switching off every night so each one could get some sleep and so that Paisley was never alone.
“It has not been an easy journey, but after three months of treatment, we got the amazing news that Paisley was finally MRD negative—meaning there were no leukemia cells left in her bone marrow. On the same day, we discovered we were expecting our second child. Paisley still has another year of maintenance chemotherapy, but it’s much easier now, and on her last visit, she didn’t even shed a tear. We could not be more proud of how she has handled everything and how brave she is.” - Amie
Many families live far from their source of care. Often these families need overnight lodging to close to the treating hospital. POGO helps families meet the cost of staying at a Ronald McDonald House (RMH) and has hotel partners that provide free rooms when the RMH option is unavailable.