Hailey’s story began at a check-up when she was seven months old. She had been very healthy until that point—hitting all milestones, eating, sleeping well, smiling, laughing and playing. Everything looked great at her visit, except for the fact that her head was constantly cocked to her right side, with her chin rotated towards her left shoulder.
The pediatrician diagnosed Hailey with torticollis, a tightening of the neck muscles, and prescribed physical therapy. However, Hailey began vomiting every morning after breakfast and started refusing solid foods. She was then sent for an upper GI and bloodwork; all results came back normal.
A new pediatrician ordered an MRI, which revealed that Hailey had two masses in her brain and a build-up of cerebrospinal fluid. She was officially diagnosed with a brain tumor called AT/RT.
Hailey lost her battle to childhood cancer in 2010, but her legacy lives on. Her three siblings founded the Rally Bakery Brunch in her honor, and she is loved and remembered by many.