Hannah Day, a well-know young Greater Victoria girl who’s battled two types of cancer, has died.
Hannah’s mother, Brooke Ervin, says after seven years of intense treatment, the nine-year-old was taken off life support following an infection that sent her into septic shock.
“We are heartbroken and life will never be the same,” Ervin told CHEK News.
“Thank you to everyone for the continuous years of support. We wouldn’t have been able to be by Hannah’s side through these years without the help.
CHEK and many others first started following Hannah back in 2012 after she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
After a year and a half of battling it, she was cancer-free. But Hannah was soon diagnosed with Leukemia.
Developing a secondary cancer unrelated to the first is extremely rare, but doctors said it may have had to do with the drug Etoposide that she was taking for treatment.
Doctors and the family turned to the community to try to find a stem cell donor to help her receive treatment. CHEK News hosted one of the stem cell swab drives to help try to find a rare match.
The Victoria Grizzlies also stepped up to look for a match. Thousands stepped forward to see if they could help.
Hannah, however, beat all the odds and kicked cancer out of her life again after a transplant from her mom and was able to head to her first day of kindergarten.
But after a year of being cancer-free, she was diagnosed again with Leukemia.
Even after thousands got swabbed, the community was still not finished helping the family.
Hannah was airlifted to B.C. Children’s Hospital in March, where tumors were found in her brain. A GoFundMe looking for financial relief for the family saw the $10,000 goal doubled, raising $26,000.
She survived a risky biopsy but still faced cancer.
“She fought so hard and suffered for too long,” Ervin says.
“We are forever grateful for all the support we’ve received.”