Anya LeFrancis (Photo courtesy of the LeFrancis family)
CHESTER TOWNSHIP — In March, we brought you the story of young Anya LeFrancis, who has been battling leukemia for the better part of five years. An all-out push for bone marrow donors landed what her donation center refers to as a 10 out of 10 match, but Anya is not yet in the clear.
Since undergoing a transplant in mid-June, Anya has been recovering at home, letting her body adjust. According to family friend Carolina Rodriguez, the 9-year-old is about halfway through a crucial, 100-day post-transplant period, and is still having trouble drinking, eating and fighting off nausea.
So Rodriguez and others in the community are joining forces with the donation center, DKMS, to raise money and help not only Anya’s family, but also those out there who are still desperate for donors.
One of those fundraising efforts is centered at Taylor’s Ice Cream Parlor, which is giving July proceeds from the sale of vanilla and strawberry ice creams (renamed Anya Victorious Vanilla and Anya Strong Strawberry) to the cause. July is National Ice Cream Month, which DKMS community engagement manager Melanie Freeman said is an appropriate tie-in.
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