Strangers Help Omaha Toddler Battling Cancer


When a 3-year-old battling cancer fell and broke her femur, total strangers stepped in to help her family.

In 2012, Quinn Pitschka was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nervous system. Since the diagnosis, she has gone through various treatments, chemotherapy, and a stem cell transplant.

Her cancer is now in remission, and her parents looked forward to an Easter in Wichita Kansas, where Quinn would finally get to play with her cousins.

"She happened to trip and she screamed and I just thought it was a normal playing scream because she fell," said Ann Pitschka, her mother. But they quickly realized the fall was much harder on Quinn, whose bones are weak from constant treatment.

They took Quinn to a local emergency room, and found that she broke her femur. The Pitschka's consulted their regular oncologist at Children's Hospital in Omaha, where Quinn receives her treatment. The doctors recommended that Quinn have her surgery in Omaha.

"Your immediate concerns are how do we get her back there so we can get this done right away and get onto the healing process," said Kyle Pitschka, her father. A car ride would be too long and painful for Quinn.

A distant friend found out about Quinn's dilemma and posted a plea to her followers on social media, asking if anyone could find a plane.
The Pitschka's did not know the person or that they were trying to help them.

In an hour, strangers organized for Quinn to get on a private plane to Omaha. Her parents were speechless.

"It's been a long journey for us we've had family friends support us and now strangers--it was unreal," said Kyle.

Quinn returned to Omaha and had successful surgery that day. She now has to wear a lower body cast for six to eight weeks.


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