NAOMI is a precious, smiley almost one-year-old who loves bright-colored toys, chewing on rings and listening to music and stories. Her sweet personality has brought so much joy to her family which includes her dad, mom, three-year-old sister and twin brother. In August, Naomi was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, but after three brain surgeries and a series of complications, it was discovered that she had a brain tumor. In November, Naomi was diagnosed with ATRT, a rare and aggressive pediatric cancer that attacks the brain and spine. Naomi faces an intense treatment plan that includes chemotherapy, possibly more brain surgery, a stem cell transplant and radiation. According to her parents, Naomi may be sweet and small, but she is fierce and handling treatment like a champ.
JAMES is a kind, smart five-year-old who loves chocolate chip cookies, his dog Fin, and taking care of others. When James isn’t making his family and friends laugh, he can be found playing Minecraft, watching “America’s Funniest Videos” or “PJ Masks,” and mastering the latest technology. James’ favorite memories include times spent with his best friend–his little brother Noah. In December, James was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and has just begun treatment. He has a long road of chemotherapy ahead of him, with two-and-a-half-years of treatment as part of his plan. According to his parents, although James is scared, he is being really strong and is ready to beat cancer.
AYVEN is a social, energetic almost two-year-old who loves stories and music (especially “Baby Shark!”). This smiley, outgoing girl is a natural entertainer who can’t help but brighten others’ days by giving knuckles and blowing kisses to all the staff and other patients during clinic visits and hospital stays. In October, Ayven was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma and has already endured four rounds of chemotherapy. She still has two-and-a-half-years of treatment ahead of her which will involve surgery, more chemo, two bone marrow transplants, radiation, immunology and DMFO. According to her parents, Ayven is handling treatment incredibly well and is so strong and full of spirit.