There is no mistaking when 5-year-old Harlowe enters a room.
“Hello, fishes,” she proclaims with delight as she charges into the freshwater exhibit area of the Arizona Sea Life Aquarium in Tempe.
“I love, I love fishes,” she exclaims as she looks down at pool filled with finny creatures. “There are my friends.”
And then – zip – she is off to the next exhibit with guide Brett Ignatowski hustling to keep up.
The energy – and the joy – defy of a long list of medical challenges Harlowe has endured since birth. Harlowe – who goes by the nickname Harlee – has battled back from a stroke, a bout of tuberculosis and a kidney transplant. A weak immune system makes her vulnerable to infections and an inability to regulate her body temperatures sometimes keeps her indoors.
“Harlee is absolutely a miracle,” says Monica Lieske, a child welfare specialist with the
child’s guardian ad litem, an attorney appointed by the court to represent the best interest of the
child. “She is a bright, intelligent, determined child.”
And she is bold and adventurous, says her foster mom, Carol.
“From the outside,” says Lieske, “you wouldn’t know that Harlee has all her medical issue because she is full of joy and a bundle of energy.”
Harlee needs to be the only child in a family with two parents, one of whom is a stay-at-home
parent able to manage the child’s many medical appointments. The parents need to be organized
And love fishes.
For more information about Harlowe, please contact AASK at (602) 930-4900 or via e-mail at Info@aask-az.org.