The day before Thanksgiving, 18-year-old newlywed, Leslie Rivera started a clinical trial she's hoping will tackle her aggressive form of leukemia. Doctors say it's a ten dose procedure of a drug called Moxitumomab, which targets a molecule found only in leukemia cells.
Dr. Weili Sun from the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles says, "the infusion went in, no problem at all. We're going to do another bone marrow test to see how it stands," after two to three weeks, and "typically we'll know if it's working in one to two months."
Just last month, doctors told Leslie she only had two weeks to live. Faced with the dire news, her one wish was to marry her high school sweetheart, Daniel Mendez, who has not left her side since she was diagnosed.
Mendez says, "she'd tell me, oh I know this is hard and you probably aren't attracted to me anymore, but that wasn't the case."
With Daniel's support, Leslie's spark and inner strength helped her surpass her doctor's prognosis. She walked down the aisle just last week, in a fairytale wedding made possible by Make-a-Wish Foundation. Celebrity wedding planner David Tutera helped plan the event with more than $300,000 in donated goods and services to make Leslie's special day magical.
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Now the newlyweds are focusing, once again, on fighting her illness. Leslie says she's never given up hope and says to Daniel, "I hope all our dreams can come true and we can have kids. I'm grateful and thankful you're in my life."