All About Lennon
Lennon Marguerite Walther was born on March 24, 2015 to Zack and Marci Walther. She has two big sisters, Ashton Grace and Dani Laurel. Only a few days shy of 6 weeks old, she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia on May 4th. Transported by ambulance immediately, she began treatment at the Children's Hospital of San Antonio. Only 10 infants per million live births annually in the U.S. are diagnosed with AML. Lennon was truly one in a million. The day after her diagnosis, her mommy launched a Facebook page called "Lifting Up Lennon" to call for prayer and provide updates during Lennon's fight. In less than a month, Lennon had over 24,000 followers from all over the world praying and pulling for her. Lennon finished one round of chemotherapy as she bounced from the oncology floor to the PICU several times. Upon completion of the induction phase, they soon found that she responded very well to the chemo with an ANC of 0, within normal limits. Unfortunately, this wonderful news meant she would be more susceptible to other illnesses. With no white blood cells to fight from the chemo, Lennon's many viruses lead to fungal pneumonia. She was heavily sedated and initially placed on a traditional ventilator to assist her breathing efforts and give her rest. A few days later, she was placed on an oscillator as she continued to decline. Lennon never left the hospital after her diagnosis. During Lennon’s four-week long battle, through her smiles and devotion she offered encouragement, hope and renewed faith to tens of thousands of followers through the power of prayer. After struggling for four weeks in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (“PICU”), defying all odds, her doctors stated that there was no medical or scientific reason for Lennon to still be with us. But continuing on, Lennon beat the odds until on June 1, 2015, her kidneys stopped working and Lennon gained her angel wings. She was unhooked from everything and placed in her mommy's arms, surrounded by family and a few very close friends as she went to be with Jesus. She stole the hearts of so many in that month with her fighting and sassy spirit, her beauty and grace, and her profound eyes, that always seemed to know so much more than we do here.
“A life that touched so many”
Through this exhausting, emotional but enriching experience Marci and Zack, as well as extended family decided to continue Lennon’s Legacy by starting the Lennon-Aid Foundation.