Sen. Ayotte voicing support for terminally ill Hudson cancer patient
On Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte. R-NH, voiced her support for 12-year-old McKenzie Lowe, a local sixth-grader suffering from a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer.
It’s been a year since Lowe was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). Doctors initially warned the family that the disease’s survival rate was close to zero, as the brain tumor was inoperable.
However, her doctors worried a relapse was possible. Recent exams have shown that her tumor is growing yet again. This week Lowe is celebrating 12 months post-diagnosis and continues to defy her doctors’ expectations, though her loved ones know the girl’s condition could change in an instant, given the aggressive nature of the disease.
Frenette and members of the Friends of McKenzie Lowe group have banded together to circulate an petition via the Change.org website.
Among the signees was Sen. Ayotte, who contacted FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg this week, urging her to consider a compassion exemption for Lowe.
“For a family who has been told that there is a zero percent survival rate for the type of cancer their daughter has, understandably, even some positive results from a drug are enough for them to want to take action,” Ayotte said. “McKenzie doesn’t have much time to wait right now.”
“Last year we didn’t think we would have another Thanksgiving with our precious daughter,” Lowe’s mother, Dianne, wrote on the “Friends of McKenzie Lowe” Facebook page Tuesday evening. “Although it’s been a rough year, we couldn’t be more thankful to be sharing the day with the family.”
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