Cookie was 2 years old when she was diagnosed acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). She underwent a year and a half of surgery and chemotherapy. At 5 years old, she relapsed with leukemia again. Three years later, after extensive surgeries and chemotherapy, she was once again on the road to recovery. At age 9, Cookie relapsed with leukemia yet again. She had chemotherapy again but was advised that she needed a bone marrow transplant. April, 2006, she had a bone marrow transplant at UCLA where she lived for 66 days. In December, 2010, Cookie was diagnosed with a very rare and deadly skin cancer called Merkel Cell Carcinoma. She underwent an extensive surgery on her neck and lymph nodes and 6 weeks of daily radiation.
Due to residuals of all of the years of chemo and radiation, Cookie suffers with scarred lungs, an exaggerated heart rate, avascular necrosis in both knees, short-term memory loss, and stunted growth.
With all of that, Cookie is 16 years old now and is a member of the National Honor Society. She worked for the City of Torrance for 1 ½ years as a locker room attendant at the city pool. Cookie is thriving and living her life to the fullest, pursuing her academics and her hobbies of reading, playing with her dog, adding to her numerous collections and doing as many sports as possible.