A 10-year-old boy and the little sister who saved his life will be among the child cancer survivors to strut a catwalk Tuesday at the Ladies Leukemia League’s holiday luncheon in New Orleans.
Quentin Webb was 4 when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a deadly cancer of the bone marrow and white blood cells. With chemotherapy, he had a 35 percent chance of survival. His mother, Mary Webb, was pregnant when she got the news at Children’s Hospital.
The daughter that was on the way back in 2007 would soon save her son.
Children’s Hospital was then working with other cancer research facilities to develop a system for using placenta stem cells to cure diseases.
When Jory Webb was born, doctors tested to see if she was a match. The chances, Mary Webb was told, were about as good as winning the lottery. But the baby was a perfect match for her brother. Doctors hailed it as a miracle.
Both have grown up to be healthy children — now 10 and 6 years old.
The Ladies Leukemia League of the Gulf South, a 40-year-old nonprofit dedicated to finding a cure for leukemia, will honor the Webb siblings for the third time at Tuesday’s luncheon. The organization says the family’s story stands for its mission: bringing hope to children suffering from cancer.
The group will host the Fete de Noel Luncheon and Fashion Show on Tuesday. The event has become the best-attended charity luncheon in the city, and all proceeds are used to fund grants for cancer research. It has so far raised more than $3 million, according to the organization.