Sixteen-year-old Haley Schallmo of Dickinson, ND was born a fighter, as she was faced with heart issues very early in life. That doesn't mean that she was any more prepared when her life changed in May of 2016 at age 12 when she was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia with a positive test for BCR-ABL, a chromosome mutation also known as Philadelphia Chromosome. Haley completed just one and a half years of the planned three-year treatment.
Her course of treatment encountered many delays and detours due to complications such as cardiopulmonary toxicity and repeated bouts with respiratory failure. Although Haley is currently in remission from the Leukemia, she has never achieved full remission due to positive detections of the BCR-ABL mutation.
Aside from a few minor speed bumps, Haley has been doing relatively well over the past couple of years. Although uncertain of what the future holds and fairly confident her journey is not over, Haley has aspirations of becoming a chef and/or possibly working with animals in some manner. Haley adores animals, especially her two cats and pet rat.