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Splash Out Leukemia

Family Matters - Fall 2010

Laura Hubbard and her sister Jessica 
splash out some fun at a swim-a-thon 
organized to raise money for leukemia 

In October 2009, just six weeks after moving from Houston to Doha, Qatar, Laura Hubbard was diagnosed with leukemia. Although her family immediately made arrangements to return to Houston for treatment, Laura was hospitalized in Frankfurt, Germany on her way home.

Once back in Houston, this feisty young lady endured an aggressive treatment plan of radiation and chemotherapy, riding a roller coaster of effects and setbacks. Since that time, Laura has been unable to return to school or do any of the usual things a 10-year-old would enjoy.

Swimming is one of Laura’s favorite pastimes. A strong swimmer, she led her age group with the neighborhood swim team, the Westchester Dolphins, and always won their high point swimmer award. Due to her cancer diagnosis, she was not allowed to join her friends again this summer and splash out the competition in the pool.

Undeterred, Laura, with the help of her parents, Caz and Andy, and sister Jessica, was motivated to help young leukemia patients by mounting a swim-a-thon at her old swim club. Laura planned an event for the Westchester Dolphins to raise money for leukemia research.

Held on June 13, the Westchester Club hosted the Splash Out Leukemia Swim-a-thon for just two hours with 50 swimmers and raised $7,000. Local restaurants donated food, and two local university students provided live music for the event. To help with the fundraising, Laura helped design and sell an orange T-shirt and orange wrist bands with her name and “Splash out Leukemia” inscribed on them.

In October, Laura and her family returned to the Children’s Cancer Hospital to bring a check for $7,000 that is designated to help fund pediatric leukemia research.

© 2015 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center