ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Osteosarcoma, & Thyroid Cancer
Battle ended January 3, 2014.
Donation made by: Verna Espinda Tammie was first diagnosed at the age of 11 with ALL. A relapse within the first 18 months required her to have a bone marrow transplant. Although she struggled with school, Tammie persevered and overcame lingering side effects of her treatments.Once in college, she became passionate about a career as a Child Life Specialist. Then within two years, Tammie faced cancer twice. She was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma and had her leg amputated. Six months later, she went snowboarding for the first time. During her senior year, Tammie was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer. Despite living the past eleven years of her life with cancer, Tammie went on to graduate from Gonzaga University with a degree in Community Counseling and was determined to help others like her. Since 2005, Tammie volunteered as a counselor at two camps for children for cancer. She interned at the playroom in the Medical Center for Women and Children, and also volunteered her time as child-care provider for cancer patients and their siblings. When asked about how she felt about cancer, Tammie always said... "Keep your head up. It is easier to feel happy looking at the sky rather than the ground."