Chloe Balloqui’s Journey

Louis Tomlinson puts his heart and soul in his charity work and becomes friends with the people whose lives he has an impact on, who are often children. Chloe is one of the children suffering a life-threatening illness that has become friends with Louis and his family. Chloe is playful and constantly smiling. It is hard to believe that this beautiful little girl has battled neuroblastoma – one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer.- not once but twice.

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Chloe was diagnosed at age 2 with stage IV high-risk neuroblastoma. The cancer had spread throughout her body with one large tumor on her kidney and numerous lesions in her bones including legs, skull, and spinal cord. After a life-saving operation to remove a tumor on her kidney, Chloe began a grueling chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy regimen at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London designed to kill the remaining cancerous cells throughout her body. After 7 months of treatment, Chloe was declared cancer-free in July of 2014. At that point, her family had identified a drug trial in the USA that could prevent recurrence of the disease and was getting ready to take Chloe to Michigan. Solving Kids Cancer had already raised through donations the amount needed for this experimental treatment. Unfortunately, Chloe relapsed in January 2015, a few days before heading to the USA. The relapse put Chloe in a less favorable statistic with a 1/10 chance of survival (it had been 2 in 5 the first time around). Thankfully, though, the recurrence of cancer was caught early and Chloe’s medical team was optimistic that further treatment could push Chloe back into remission. Chloe began treatment again and was featured in April 2015 as one of three children in the documentary “Raining in my heart” about immunotherapy medical trials to treat aggressive and recurrent childhood cancers.

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The documentary caught Louis and his mom Jay’s attention. At the time, Jay was organizing the Cinderella ball through the organization Believe in the magic of which Louis is an ambassador and invited Chloe to the event. The Cinderella ball took place on August 10th 2015 at the beautiful National History museum in London and had several children affected by serious illnesses as special guests. Louis, his mom Jay and Liam Payne were in attendance. Louis spent one-on-one time with the children, danced with them and gave them special gifts. Chloe had the time of her life and established a real personal bond with Louis who kept in touch with her and her family.

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Treatment continued for the rest of the year well into 2016. Scans looked better each time. On April 26th, 2016 Chloe’s family announced on FaceBook that Chloe’s scans were clear! Chloe was in remission! Chloe was eligible once again for the drug trial in the USA to prevent recurrence of the disease. Chloe and her family left for New York at the end of May and on June 3rd they were told the fantastic news that Chloe’s bone marrow was clear and that she can start the Bivalent Vaccine trial at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC. Chloe has been an inspiration to watch go through this disease with strength and resilience. We wish Chloe the best as we will keep following her progress towards a healthy and fulfilling life.

You can keep up to date with Chloe’s journey via Facebook and Twitter.

 

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