Truckee girl loses battle with cancer
Leslie Radebold, 3, of Tahoe Donner, lost her battle with cancer at Stanford Hospital on Tuesday, Aug. 19.
Leslie was an active little girl participating in Tiny Tots at Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District, skiing and many other outdoor activities.
“She was the cutest little girl with big blue eyes and blond hair,” said Karen Radebold, her mother. “She was a tomboy who wasn’t like the typical prissy little girl. Even before she got sick, I always felt she was here to do something special. Now she’s just doing it somewhere else.”
Karen said Leslie was diagnosed with a Rahabdoid tumor by Dr. Chris Arth just before her third birthday. The aggressive tumor was already in its fourth stage and was the size of a football, she said.
Karen immediately took Leslie down to Stanford Hospital. Because of the size of the tumor, doctors initially said it was too big to respond to chemotherapy or for an operation.
However, after three rounds of chemotherapy, she said the size was reduced to that of a potato, making it possible for an operation to remove it from her kidney.
“She was doing a lot better for a few weeks but then the disease took over everywhere,” Karen said. “I knew the pain was bad because when she used to fall off her bike and bleed, she never used to cry, but now she was.”
A memorial service will be held from 8 to 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 23, at the River Ranch, one of Leslie’s favorite places.
“She always used to say, ‘I want to go to the River Ranch for french fries,'” Karen said. “She loved throwing rocks into the river. When I used to ask her where she wanted to go to, she used to say ‘I want to go to Truckee forever and ever,’ so that is where she will be.”
Karen expresses her gratitude to Dr. Arth and his assistant for their help with Leslie’s cancer and Brick Haley of the River Ranch. She thanks everyone for their thoughts, prayers and gifts during the past months.
For information regarding the service, call 587-8956.
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