A Missouri teenager who beat cancer three times has died from COVID-19 complications.
Aspen Deke, 17, of Kansas City, died on Saturday, Jan 30, following a months-long battle that began with her
diagnosis in November, news station Fox4 reported.
The high school junior had survived a rare form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer that impacts white
she went on to beat cancer three times after four rounds of chemotherapy and a bone-marrow transplant,
But during her recent battle with coronavirus, she was admitted to Children’s Mercy Hospital, where she had
been in the pediatric intensive care unit since New Year’s Eve.
Her family said COVID-19 was in some ways more terrifying than her previous health woes.
She was first diagnosed with cancer at age 4, but she went on to beat cancer three times after four rounds of
chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant
“At least with cancer, as bad as it sounds and it is scary, but there’s a lot that you know about it,” her father, Eric
Deke, told the news station. “They can say, ‘This is how bad it is, this is what we are going to do. This is what we
expect.’ But with this, everything is unknown.”