Max Max was born a fighter. From the moment he entered this world at just 24-weeks, he had to fight. Born weighing just 1 lb. 11 oz., by the grace of God, Max fought his way out of the NICU in 123 days arriving home the week before Thanksgiving. Six months later,
Danielle Danielle is 34 and lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a childhood cancer survivor, diagnosed with ALL T-Cell Leukemia when she was 11 1/2 years old. Her diagnosis came the summer after her first year in middle school and treatment lasted for 2 1/2 years following that day. There were lots
D'mari D'mari is now 7 years old continuing with his treatment. D'mari enjoys watching tv, video games and playing with his friends.
Elise Elise is an 8 year old that loves baking cupcakes and cooking. She enjoys art and has a fascination with all animals. Her favorites are French Bulldogs, chameleons, and pigs. She hopes to own a mini pig someday soon!
Rosemary Rosie is a 15 year old treated for Hodgkins Lymphoma at Duke Children's Hospital. She lives in NC with her single mom and 2 siblings. A grant from JUST TRYAN IT covered one month of mortgage and car payments. "All my thanks goes to JTI and your donors. If I didn't get
Bella Bella is 12 years old and lives in Clayton, NC with her mother, sister, and two cats. She has a fun personality and enjoys telling jokes and making people laugh. When she grows up, she hopes to become a pastry chef. Bella is a member of her school band, and she
Zoe Zoe is a very spunky, outgoing, loving, full-of-life and incredibly strong 5 1/2 year old little girl. She is our only child and on December 23, 2015, 2 days before Christmas, our world was changed forever. She was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Zoe is currently undergoing treatment at the Samuelson
Stephen My family has been bleeding Carolina Blue since my brother joined the football team 6 years ago. You could imagine my excitement my senior year when I was recruited to play there as well. While I was sitting in the stands for years, watching my brother, I dreamed of running out
Sonali Sonali had just started pre-K when she started having fevers and fatigue and missed 2 weeks of school– we soon found out she had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and she ended up admitted for several weeks to Georgetown Hospital to get induction chemotherapy. After that she missed most of the next
Simone Simone was just 2 years old when she was diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytoma. She was treated with chemotherapy, surgery and cyber knife radiation. It was a long journey with some complications and set-backs. She is stable and doing very well. She was unable to attend school for two years when she
Scott Seven-year-old, Scott, had a typical childhood until he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 3. Going through chemotherapy wasn’t always easy. He had countless hospital visits and medical procedures and took more than 1,500 pills over the course of his nearly 3 ½ years of treatment. He also experienced
Peter In January 2013, Peter was 2 and had a new baby brother, when he suddenly became very ill due to a rare blood disorder called HLH. A few months later, he also developed severe aplastic anemia. As a result of these diseases, he required significant treatments (steroids, chemo, and other drugs),
Mostafa Mostafa and his father are here from Kuwait receiving treatment. They have been away from the rest of their family for over 6 months. They are trying their best to adjust to their new surroundings. Of course due to the distance, they both have experienced moments of sadness and missing home.
Maya Maya was diagnosed one week after her third birthday. She had a lot of ups and downs during her chemotherapy treatment. Her courage and her determination saw her through it. She never liked to stay in bed, but insisted on getting dressed and interacting with her nurses, doctors, child life specialists,
Lulu Lulu was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma class in 2015, she likes to skateboarding, read and listen to music! She moved all the way from Kuwait to start treatment which includes chemotherapy and radiation. Now Lulu is cancer free since November 2015.
Julien Julien was born on May 11th, 2010 and is 5 years old. Julien as always been a highly energetic child who loves being with his family, especially his brothers Justin and Jalen. Julien is currently in kindergarten and being homeschooled. Julien likes to play football, watch cartoons and hang out with
Judson Judson was diagnosed on January 18, 2014 with Standard Risk-B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). At the young age of 2 Judson’s childhood changed drastically- play dates were no longer the conversation as he had to deal with round after round of chemotherapy, blood transfusions, numerous hospital stays, constant needle pokes and
James My name is James Willett and I was diagnosed with Stage-4 Lymphoma thirteen years ago when I was ten years old. I had intensive chemotherapy treatments throughout the summer and was confined to the hospital through most of my time. However I had friends and family who visited me and kept
Jamal Jamal was diagnosed with stage 3 of Burkitt’s lymphoma on October 25, 2013. He started chemotherapy at Georgetown hospital and finished on January 17, 2014. He is now in remission and trying to recover from all the chemo. Jamal enjoys coming to the JUST TRYAN IT triathlons.
Izaiah Izaiah was diagnosed with ALL on January 14, 2013. It was very hard for him to adjust to being in the hospital and not being able to go to school for pre-K. He missed all his classmates and it was hard not to be able to be in the classroom because
Isilma Isilma was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 4 years old and was treated with chemotherapy for three years. She remembers having to be in the hospital a lot and having fun with her doctors and nurses there. There were a lot of fun activities at Georgetown. She remembers having a
Isiah Isiah is a 19 year old sophomore at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, CA. He is majoring in Business and minoring in Spanish and plans on pursuing a career in Sports Management. Like most young men, Isiah enjoys sports (especially lacrosse, football and basketball). In the Spring
Henry Henry is a 16 year old who was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer along with Hashimoto’s disease in April of 2016. Treatment for Henry’s cancer diagnosis included a total thyroidectomy and central neck dissection in May, 2016 along with radioactive iodine treatments lasting until November, 2016. Henry continues to be monitored by
Charlotte In late October, 2014, in her Senior year of high school, Charlotte was feeling tired and her mom noticed some terrible bruising on her legs. They rushed to Georgetown Hospital where she was diagnosed with a serious and rare form of leukemia, called APL. She spent almost a year as a
Campbell Cam is the smallest of three sisters in Oakton, VA. Over Memorial Day Weekend 2017, her eyes went suddenly, severely crossed, and we knew something was wrong. An emergency CT was confirmed by an MRI, and the tumor was resected on Memorial Day, 2017. She was diagnosed with an astrocytoma in
Avi Avi was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, bone cancer, in the thigh bone of his left leg in April 2005, when he was 2 ½ years old. Luckily, the cancer was confined to the leg and had not spread elsewhere. Avi is the younger of two children – his sister Ellie is three years older.
Ashley Ashley was diagnosed on August 27, 2010 at age 7 with Stage IV Neuroblastoma (a solid tumor cancer of the sympathetic nervous system) and later developed evidence of PTLD (Post-Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder/Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma). She battled through 7 weeklong rounds of chemotherapy, 13 surgical procedures, a stem cell transplant, 12 days of
Ali Ali was a typical toddler until she was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis when she was just 20 months old. In 2010, her nanny noticed that her jaw looked slightly asymmetrical. Her pediatrician sent her for x-rays and her biopsy provided a diagnosis. She began chemotherapy treatment at Children’s National Medical
Alex Alex graduated from Chapel Hill High School in 2013 and began his first year at the United States Military Academy shortly afterward on a path to become an Army Officer. His freshman (“plebe”) year went well after making the Army West Point Triathlon Team and training twice a day with teammates
Akshay What started out as a pain in my groin the summer of 2014, resulted in an initial diagnosis of testicular cancer. After surgery to remove the tumor, was informed that the cancer had spread to my liver, lungs, and lymph nodes, and had jumped from Stage 1 to Stage 4. My cancer
People have asked me what I have learned from having cancer. I tell them “Never Look Back”. You can’t change the past.
Today Sophia is happy, healthy and thriving. She still has some battles to bear, but she greets each new challenge, either medically or in general life, with a strong spirit and great determination.
Lindsay was diagnosed with AML when she was three years old. Prior to that she had been a perfectly healthy baby and toddler.