We are so excited to introduce you to Super Adrina! She is SUPER indeed, but she is also STRONG, brave and beautiful!
Super Adrina turns 5 years old on November 11! For Super Adrina and her family, a fifth birthday means much more than birthday cake. It means another victory against cancer.
Super Adrina was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor Stage 4 on June 2, 2016.Wilms Tumor is a mass of cancer cells that grow in the kidney tissue and accounts for 95% of kidney and renal cancers in children under 14.
Her family suspected something was wrong when their sweet Adrina who loves to eat, stopped eating. For about a week she ran a fever and couldn’t eat, even when she felt hungry. A visit to her primary doctor led to an X-Ray, which led to an ultrasound, which led to some of the worst news any parent could ever hear.
The ultrasound revealed a mass that was quickly determined to be Wilms Tumor.
“As soon as I heard that I couldn’t think. I felt like my whole world came crashing down. Then they admitted her for blood work and CT scan. They let us go home the next day on a Friday to let us pack for a week or 2 because Adrina was going to have a major surgery that Monday.” – Raylene, Super Adrina’s mom
So far, Super Adrina has overcome two major surgeries. First they removed the kidney that had the tumor on it. Later she had another surgery to remove scar tissue from the first surgery that was wrapping around her intestines.
Super Adrina is still fighting Wilms Tumor. She has already completed two round of radiation and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
But Super Adrina does not let Wilms Tumor define her. In every way, she is still the same strong-spirited 4 (almost 5) year old! And she is not in the battle alone. Super Adrina has a force behind her that is as committed to beating cancer as she is.
Perhaps most importantly, Super Adrina has an Extraordinary Super Sidekick. Her 9 year old sister, Alana is her best friend. They are so connected. This journey has been really hard on Alana as she watches her best friend be so sick, but she has been an incredible help and strength to their family.
Super Adrina has lost her hair (though certainly not her beauty) and often has to wear a mask in public. Her mom notices people looking at her curiously, and sometimes she wishes they would just ask them about it. While not all families want to be questioned all of the time, I think her mom’s perspective is important to keep in mind.
We are so proud of Super Adrina and so honored to have her and her sidekick sister on our TinySuperhero Squad. We would love your help in showing them that the TinySuperheroes Squad is in this battle with them!