Aliyah Rechelle Siddiqui was born June 18, 1998 into the “sweet spot” between her brothers Mikail and Kadin. She was born healthy, beautiful and loved very much. We say Aliyah was born with extra spunk. An extra chromosome that led her to have Down Syndrome.
In 2005 Aliyah was 6 almost 7. She had a fever that wouldn’t go away and arm pain that caused many tears. She stopped using it altogether . A couple visits to our pediatrician ruled out infection and broken bones. A late night ER trip led to tests and blood work that told us what was causing the fever and arm pain. Cancer. April 16 our daughter, our sons’ sister was diagnosed with leukemia and immediately scheduled for surgery. The first of many.
Aliyah’s 2 year treatment plan turned into 5 ½ years. It was a constant schedule of chemo, oral an IV meds, appointments, ER visits, days, weeks, and months in the hospital, infections, side effects, multiple surgeries, bone marrow transplant, additional bags of stem cells and hearing the deafening word relapse too many times. She never gave up hope of getting better and her spirit was always strong.
July 9, 2010 at the age of 12 Aliyah was fitted with her most perfect set of angel wings. Special, one of a kind, just like she was.
There is no doubt we will remember all of the pain and fear going through childhood cancer with our daughter. We will also remember all of the moments that brought her happiness and that she was passionate about. Our sweet daughter ran out of time before a cure for her cancer was found. She never gave up the fight. AIM2Cure, Aliyah’s family and friends, will continue where she left off.