Warrior Zoe still fighting cancer like a trooper, doing better

■ BY SUE ERWIN

A little girl with island ties who’s been battling cancer since last year has been handling it like a true warrior, and we thought we’d give you an update on her progress.

Several months ago, Zoe Guy experienced a common cold that just wouldn’t go away. After weeks had passed, her mother, Amber Todd Guy, took her to get her white blood counts checked.

“I never thought I would be told she has leukemia,” Amber said. Zoe was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where the family currently lives. She started receiving aggressive treatments last year and continues to get chemotherapy via a port in her chest.

“Zoe finally lost her hair a few weeks ago,” said Amber. “It was tough for the whole family. She’s still experiencing effects from the chemo, and her hair is falling out for the first time – making it all seem so real.”

Amber said you would never guess from the outside that Zoe is anything other than a joyful, sweet little girl.

“She just maintains a happy, silly, sassy, spoiled and tough-as-nails attitude,” Amber said.

On another note, Zoe just finished the last intense treatment cycle and will be switching over to less extreme treatments.

“Unfortunately, all her blood counts are super low, and the doctors anticipate she’ll need a blood transfusion and possibly platelets,” Amber said. “Also, with her white blood count being so low, she is very susceptible to infection; so the ‘Lysol Queen’ is working to keep the house germ-free at all times.”

Zoe is the 3-year-old granddaughter of island resident Diane Todd. The family has lived in Boca Grande for three generations. Several fundraisers have been arranged, including an online GoFundMe account, and donations are being accepted at a couple of local businesses. Todd and her sisters, Trisha and Judy, wish to thank the community for its support of Zoe. Island residents Trisha Lowe and Judy Lowe are Zoe’s great aunts.

Diane Todd works at Englewood Bank in Boca Grande. There is an account set up in Zoe’s name at the bank located at 301 Park Avenue on the island to help the family with medical costs. Please make checks payable to Amber Guy.

“We really appreciate all the support and ask that everyone please continue to keep Zoe in your prayers and thoughts,” Todd said.

For more information, visit gofundme.com and search the medical section for Zoe Guy.