Osage girl diagnosed with Leukemia, friends of family asking for support

Family and friends of John and Lauren Leland are coming to their aid after their 9-year-old niece, Lily Lookout, was diagnosed with Leukemia.

“I’ve never been one to ask for help, I’ve had to work for everything I have,” said her uncle John, who with his wife Lauren, is raising Lily as their own. The couple has four other children.

“People have been giving us things … a woman brought food over to the house, made us dinner, I’m just taken aback.”

Lily was diagnosed with Leukemia on July 22 and in one week’s time, the once rambunctious athlete who could run forever, is now having trouble walking and having to be carried from room to room.

According to the American Cancer Society, Leukemia is the most common cancer in children and teens, accounting for almost 1 out of 3 cancers. Leukemia is a cancer that starts in early blood-forming cells found in the bone marrow, the soft inner part of certain bones. Most often, leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells, but some leukemias start in other blood cell types.

Lily, who will be attending the 4th grade at Pawhuska Elementary School in the fall, is an Osage tribal member and participates in the In-Lon-Schka. She is very active at school and in sports and has many friends.

Friends of the family are hosting an Indian Taco Fundraiser for her on Aug. 14. From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. There will also be a 50/50, Silent Auction and raffles at the event. All are encouraged to attend.

Money can be donated to the Citizens Bank under Lily Lookout. To pre-order for the taco sale, you can contact Trudy at (918) 214-5523 or Ronnette at (918) 287-5125.