Leukemia Untreatable For Ali Borgen14-year-old Ali Borgen of Grand Forks has been battling acute lymbastic leukemia for nearly four years. December 23rd her cancer came back, and was determined untreatable. After she's discharged from Mayo this week, family and supporters are planning a party to celebrate her life Sunday.
By: WDAZ Staff Reports,
14-year-old Ali Borgen of Grand Forks has been battling acute lymbastic leukemia for nearly four years. December 23rd her cancer came back, and was determined untreatable. After she's discharged from Mayo this week, family and supporters are throwing her a party to celebrate her life.
On December 23rd, bone marrow biopsies showed “full-blown leukemia” with 74 percent leukemia cells in Ali's marrow. That percentage is too high for Ali to have the option of a white cell infusion. Her family's carepages.com site says there are no other treatment options to fight Ali's leukemia.
Ali's family and supporters are planning on holding the party for Ali on Sunday. Ali's mom Karen says they wanted to celebrate the end of her treatment and being cured, but says they are instead planning to have a celebration of Ali's life.
"She (Ali) would rather you come to this than her funeral because she wants to see you and talk to you and hug you and share her beaming smile," Karen Borgen said in an announcement about the celebration.
Ali wants the celebration to be a red carpet event, with guests dressed up as a TV or movie star, cartoon character or music star. There will be a meet-and-greet, live music, karaoke, and a slideshow about Ali's life, among other activities.
Donations will be accepted for childhood cancer research "because no kid should ever have to die like I am from cancer. It's ridiculous," Ali said. Her carepages site also details what is next for Ali. "Hospice couldn't sign her up last week because Ali is on palliative chemo to help alleviate pain caused by Leukemia. Their rules: no chemo in hospice. Now the Borgens have to apply for Medicaid so they'll pay for chemo, then she can go into hospice. Paperwork and government are delaying Ali being cared for at home."
The celebration is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, January 9th from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ramada Inn in Grand Forks.
You can also donate to the Ali Borgen Fund to help the family with medical expenses. Donations can be made at Citizens Community Credit Union at 1215 N. 42nd St. in Grand Forks.