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Three-year-old Aubrey was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at 17 months old. Due to an FLT3 mutation, the leukemia was chemotherapy-resistant. She received radiation treatments but needed a bone marrow donor in order to survive. Aubrey’s father, Allan, was a half-match, so they proceeded with the transplant.
It was a nurse practitioner at BC Children’s Hospital who told Aubrey’s mom, Megan, that her daughter would qualify for a wish.
During her treatments in the hospital, Aubrey made a number of friends on the oncology ward. She is outgoing, loves performance, loves costumes, and loves to share. From these loves, a wish to share a circus with her friends was born. Aubrey handed out invitations to her friends in hospital, and all those who were able to attend were welcome.
In October 2018, a special circus was staged in a warehouse in North Vancouver and Aubrey was outfitted in a custom-made fairy princess costume for her special day. Vancouver Circus School brought performers: an aerialist, a contortionist, a juggler and the cotton candy queen. An illusionist and face painters also attended, and the whole warehouse was transformed into a big top circus.
Aubrey loved every minute of her special day, and the event was a welcome break from hospital life for so many other children.
Months later, Aubrey still enjoys putting on her fairy princess costume at home. She has a road of recovery ahead of her including regular check-ups and hormone therapies, but Aubrey is a happy girl who attends pre-school and is regaining her stamina.