Karlee Lewis

Karlee Lewis

Born: October, 2004

Karlee Lewis

  • Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
  • Year of Diagnosis: 2010
  • Diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Some facts about my treatment:

Karlee completed 8 months of treament and is now in 2 years of maintenance. She remained relatively healthy through her first 8 months and was only delayed for about 3 weeks. Karlee was very fortunate with her hair, she donated 10 inches prior to treatment and was only bald for about 7 weeks. Karlee is the toughest little girl out there, never complaining about needles or port access. The staff at the lab are always surprised when she flops her arm out and waits for them to draw blood. The nurses in the clinic use her to train new staff on how to do a ort access because she is so good.

What I want people to know about me

I can run so fast

My favourite day was

Christmas Day

The worst thing about having cancer

Going to the hospital

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A princess

My message to other kids undergoing treatment

Make sure you use freezy cream and then the needles don’t hurt. A stuffy friend and special pillow will make everything easier. You will survive.

If you could have one superpower strength, what would it be?

I want to fly

If I had three wishes they would be…

Meet all the princesses (including the real princesses), swim and pet a dolphin, go to Disneyworld

I’m involved with Coast to Coast because…

Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta asked for a volunteer to assist with Tour For Kids on very short notice and my dad had the Friday off and was free on the weekend. He had an incredible time volunteering with the Tour for Kids and was very impressed that all the money raised came back to Kids Cancer Care. KCCFA has been involved in our lives for almost a year, and has provided support and activities for us that have made this journey much easier.

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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