Fundraiser planned for young mother battling leukemia
On Aug. 19, life as Wendy Foucht and her family knew it took an unfortunate turn and would never be the same again. Foucht was 25 weeks pregnant, going to work at Networked Insurance Agents and living a healthy lifestyle — eating nutritiously, walking on breaks and always sharing her beautiful smile with her co-workers.
Because of a recent nagging fatigue and noticeable bruising, she became concerned about the possibility of anemia, so she went to see her doctor for an exam and blood draw. She left the office, went home and took a nap. Shortly thereafter, the phone rang and woke her up. It was her doctor’s office, indicating that indeed she was anemic and needed to go back to the hospital. She drove herself to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital to see her doctor. Within 10 minutes, they had her checked in and told her the diagnosis: leukemia.
Foucht was quickly transported to UC Davis Medical Center for further testing — the new diagnosis was acute myeloid leukemia, a more aggressive type of leukemia and especially worrisome considering her pregnancy. Foucht’s doctors considered inducing delivery immediately, so they could begin chemotherapy treatments, but she needed more time to carry her baby.
UC Davis doctors began blood transfusions and monitored how the cancer reacted. The cancer cells destroyed the new red blood cells immediately, so she continually received more new blood to keep up her red blood cell count. The doctors then confirmed that the chemotherapy had to be done with the baby still in utero.
Meanwhile, Foucht’s other four children — all younger than 8 — stayed with her extended family. Chad Adorjan, Foucht’s fiancée, remained by her side, while the children struggled to understand the family situation.
Just one week after her first doctor exam, chemotherapy began. At first, the side effects remained at bay. After one week, they took a biopsy of her bone marrow to determine if the therapy was working. And it was — she was permitted to safely carry the baby longer.
After one month of family and friends helping out with meals and her children at home, Foucht was released from the hospital temporarily. On Oct. 6, Delaney Grace Adorjan arrived at just 3 pounds, 14 ounces, and 17 inches long.
Delaney has proven to be a strong preemie, supported by machines but stable and holding her own. Now Foucht’s doctors can begin more aggressive chemotherapy.
Foucht’s co-workers at Networked Insurance Agents are having a fundraiser with a silent auction and raffle to help Foucht and her family, so they may focus on her healing. The event will take place starting at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 at the Nevada County Horseman’s Club; with a $10 entry.
There will be live music by Rio Mojo, and Melo D Productions live DJ. Networked Insurance Agents is looking for anyone who would like to donate prizes or volunteer time for the silent auction. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User