Laura Ludlow will never forget the day she turned 36. During a birthday lunch with her family on April 12, 2010, she answered a call from her children's pediatrician. Her four-year-old daughter, Mya, had leukemia.
Earlier that day, Laura brought Mya into the pediatrician's office because the little girl wasn't getting better while on medication for an ear infection. She was tired and wouldn't eat. The doctor, of Franciscan St. Anthony's Health in Crown Point, Ind., ordered blood tests.
"She told us go to Comer Children's Hospital right away," Laura remembered. Laura and David Ludlow left their home in Lake Village, Ind., arriving at UChicago Medicine children's hospital with their daughter late that afternoon.