Melodie Ruiz, 12, holds the American Girl doll she was given after she lost her hair due to chemotherapy. Melodie was diagnosed with leukemia at age 11 and still receives chemotherapy. Her mother, Patricia Tannert, right, raises Melodie and brother Patrick Ruiz, 14, left, in a two-bedroom rental apartment in Kendall. The family needs a new laptop so Melodie doesn’t have to do her homework on a cell phone.
Melodie Ruiz, 12, holds the American Girl doll she was given after she lost her hair due to chemotherapy. Melodie was diagnosed with leukemia at age 11 and still receives chemotherapy. Her mother, Patricia Tannert, right, raises Melodie and brother Patrick Ruiz, 14, left, in a two-bedroom rental apartment in Kendall. The family needs a new laptop so Melodie doesn’t have to do her homework on a cell phone. MARSHA HALPER mhalper@miamiherald.com
Melodie Ruiz, 12, holds the American Girl doll she was given after she lost her hair due to chemotherapy. Melodie was diagnosed with leukemia at age 11 and still receives chemotherapy. Her mother, Patricia Tannert, right, raises Melodie and brother Patrick Ruiz, 14, left, in a two-bedroom rental apartment in Kendall. The family needs a new laptop so Melodie doesn’t have to do her homework on a cell phone. MARSHA HALPER mhalper@miamiherald.com

She’s 12, battling leukemia and has to do homework on a cell phone

December 12, 2016 9:50 AM

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