Izabela Clark was your average toddler. She was learning to talk and feed herself. She also loves reading, puzzles, playing with blocks and keeping her parents busy.
Her parents, Cory, a Quimby native, and Katie Clark of Sioux City, are not the type to run to the doctor after every cough, sneeze or bad night's sleep. Shortly after Izabela's second birthday on Jan. 22, 2010, she began to limp and complain of pain in her right leg.
At first her parents were not all that concerned and thought she had slept on it wrong or it was growing pains. The next week they took her to their doctor thinking she had a bladder infection which they treated for after tests showed high white blood cell counts in her urine.
When she continued to limp and began avoiding using her leg they took her to the doctor again which began a long list of tests, referrals and appointments.
They had multiple X-rays done, a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and extensive blood work. On March 19, they were referred to Children's Hospital in Omaha. After a bone biopsy they were told that Izabela had a tumor and there would be more tests, but most likely it was cancer.
After more blood work they got the word that it was Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A.L.L.).
A.L.L. is the most common form of cancer in small children and the treatment has a high success rate. On March 22, the Clarks started chemotherapy treatment. Izzy will have at least four weeks of intense treatment and maintenance treatment following that.
A benefit will be held to help defray the medical expenses that Cory and Katie Clark will incur. The event will be held Sunday, May 2, from 11 am-1 pm at the Quimby Fire Station in Quimby, IA. The menu will include hamburgers, polish sausages, hotdogs, beans potato salad, chips, bar and beverage for a free will donation. That day there will also be raffle items and silent auction items to help raise money for the Clark family.
There is also a bank account set up at Cherokee State Bank, 212 W. Willow St., Cherokee, IA 51012. Donations would be gratefully accepted. Cherokee State Bank phone number is 800-391-1697 or 712-225-3000. You can stop in Cherokee State Bank to contribute to the Izabela Clark Fund or mail them your contribution. You can also visit Izzy's website at www.izzyclark.org. and view pictures or donate online.
Her grandparents are Brad and Deb Clark of Quimby and Steve and Kathy Niedbalski of Kearney, NE. Her Great Grandparents are: Mick & Judy Brown and Robert & Marcia Clark, both of Quimby and Ted & Marlene Niedbalski of Columbus, NE and Emil & Nadine Beran of Schuyler, NE