"Cancer sucks," she said.
It appears Louisa has beaten the leukemia after receiving a stem cell bone marrow transplant. She spent 200 days in the hospital, but it was all worth it when a recent check-up gave her a clean bill of health.
Now, it's her father's turn to fight cancer — and win.
"When I got my diagnosis it was a little hard to believe," Louisa’s father, Sean Cryan said.
Yet, it wasn't a total shock because AML, or bone cancer, runs in Sean Cryan's family, and now this father must follow in his daughter's footsteps as he prepares for a bone marrow transplant.
"My grandfather and great-grandfather both died of AML and now my cousin and my daughter have been cured of it, and I'm about to be cured of it as well, so cancer's not as scary as we all think it is. I think we can beat it," Sean said.
The family is resting a little easier these days now that they know Sean has a donor match and in an effort to make sure everyone who is diagnosed with AML has the same chance that Sean and Louisa have, they are organizing a blood and bone marrow drive.
"We're trying to build awareness of the need for people to be on the donor roll because if you're selected to be a blood donor, you are saving someone’s life," he said.
The blood and bone marrow drive takes place Sunday, July 8 at the Ballard Boys & Girls Club at 1767 NW 64th St., in Seattle from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The drive will be closed between 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Donor must register in advance, online registration is available here.
For donors who are 16 or 17 years old, a permission slip must also be filled out.