Toddler with island roots battling leukemia, family seeks help

November 25, 2016
By Marcy Shortuse

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Amber Todd Guy’s world changed a few weeks ago. Her 3-year-old daughter, Zoe, had a cold that just wouldn’t go away.
When a bothersome cough along with a low-grade fever continued to persist after weeks of trying to fight it, doctors discovered Zoe’s white blood cell counts were extremely low.
About three weeks ago, Amber took Zoe to All Children’s Hospital in Tampa, where she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Island resident Trisha Lowe is Zoe’s great aunt. Her family has lived on the island for three generations.
After doctors did three bone marrow biopsies on Zoe, Low said they “found her fluid had solidified, and they had to chip into her hip and do a spinal tap. She has a port installed in her chest, and she is getting chemotherapy once a week,” Lowe said. The little girl also has to take other daily medications that help combat the illness.
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is the most common and most treatable form of childhood cancer. The treatment will take up to two years, but medical specialists feel that Zoe will win the battle.
“It’s been a heartbreaking experience, but the doctors are confident they can kill the cancer cells and that she will lead a normal, healthy life,” Lowe said.
Amber Todd Guy grew up in Englewood, and her father lived in Boca Grande. Zoe is the granddaughter of Diane Todd, who works at Englewood Bank. An account has been set up in Zoe’s name at the bank located at 301 Park Avenue on the island to help the family with medical costs.
“All donations will be greatly appreciated. Any amount people are willing to give will help with the expenses. We’re very thankful to family and friends who have been such a great support system throughout this experience, and for the constant prayers that have been said,” Lowe said.
Please make checks payable to Amber Guy. There is also a Gofundme account set up to help the family with medical expenses.
For more information, visit gofundme.com and search the medical section for Zoe Guy.