Minor Knee Injury Leads to Cancer Diagnosis for Fenton Girl

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Fenton, MI — December 10, 2019

Last week Makenzie Lawson was a normal 8th grader at Fenton Middle School, this week she is a cancer patient fighting for her life in a local hospital. Makenzie, like many teenagers, is a hardworking school student focusing on her grades and an active athlete who loves to play volleyball.

After a fall at school banged her knee, a trip to the doctor for a check on the injury was supposed to be routine. A blood test revealed a far more frightening health concern that Makenzie’s doctor shared with her parents Derek and Lady Lawson. Makenzie had Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).

According to the National Cancer Institute, acute myeloid leukemia, is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. This type of cancer usually gets worse quickly if it is not treated.

Makenzie and her Mom

Responding to the news Makenzie was admitted to the hospital and aggressive chemotherapy treatment was prescribed three times a day. While her spirits are good, the holidays are not a time anyone should have to deal with a life-threatening medical concern.

Community Support

Fenton residents are quick to rally around a worthy cause and lend support. The holidays can also be a stressful time for a family dealing with this type of crisis. A go-fund-me page has been set up by Makenzie’s aunt Heather Wolkow. Follow the link Makenzie’s leukemia Fight! to access the fundraiser.

Helping Makenzie’s family meet the costs of medical treatment and care for her during this critical time is something we can all get behind. Prayers and best wishes also lend support for the family. Get back on that volleyball court soon Makenzie, your teammates miss you.