Born: November, 2009

  • Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario
  • Year of Diagnosis: 2009
  • Diagnosis: Neuroblastoma Stage II Group B Adrenal tumour

Some facts about my treatment:  Underwent surgery on December 30th 2009 at 6 weeks of age to remove right adrenal gland that was engulfed by neuroblastoma tumor. Surgery also removed abdominal lymph nodes that were cancerous. Following surgery, I spent a week in Sick Kids hospital regaining my strength until I was able to feed again. In the first year following my surgery I had very frequent visits to Sick Kids hospital, starting every 3 weeks then gradually increasing to every 2 months by the time I turned 1. Each time I went to Sick Kids I would have a CAT scan and ultrasound done, in addition to a special urine test to determine if the neuroblastoma cells were active again. I followed this maintenance schedule for 5 full years, slowing gaining more time between appointments and eventually transitioning to only ultra sounds every 6 months. January 2015 I was officially cancer free and discharged from Sick Kids.

What I want people to know about me:  I like to paint pictures and play with my pet cat Dexter. I like to watch movies and I like talking to my friends and playing dress up. I like to eat every night, especially pasta, grapes and watermelon.  I like music and playing my violin but mostly I like to play in the playground.

My favourite day so far:  My favourite day so far is when I get to go on trips with my school.

If you could have one superpower strength, what would it be? I would want Ice power to freeze all the people who are bad in the world and turn them to ice.

When I grow up I want to be:  A doctor and an office lady.

If I had five wishes they would be…

For it to be Halloween everyday and to have a giant costume.

To be able to do better drawings.

To have a big bunk bed.

To go to the zoo.

To play my violin everyday.

My message to other’s on treatment:  If someone was at the doctor’s and I was at the doctor’s too I would ask them to play with me.  I would say I had cancer too and that everything is going to be alright.

Our Featured Ambassador

This is Josh Nelson – a childhood cancer survivor. He knows about facing all the challenges of childhood cancer:

“I know first-hand how it feels to be a prisoner in the hospital and endure the surgeries and the endless needles and treatments. I know how it feels to lose my hair, throw up regularly and watch other kids around me earn their wings. I lost a part of my childhood that I will never get back. I know how it feels to look different and to be different. That’s something that I wouldn’t wish for any other kid to go through, and that is why I do what I do.”

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