Honoree Updates

2020 Honorees

Naomi bgf2020NAOMI was a precious, smiley almost one-year-old who loves bright-colored toys, chewing on rings and listening to music and stories.  Her sweet personality brought so much joy to her family which includes her dad, mom, four-year-old sister and twin brother. In August 2019, 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 2019, Naomi was diagnosed with ATRT, a rare and aggressive pediatric cancer that attacks the brain and spine. In late 2020 After undergoing Naomi gained her angel wings on January 2021.

james bgf2020JAMES 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 Roblox on his iPad or cuddling with his dog. In December 2019, James was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and has began treatment in early 2020. As of May 2021, James is in remission.

ayven bgf2020AYVEN 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.

2019 Honorees

BGF-6538Genevieve is a sweet, smart four-year-old who loves Daniel Tiger, meatballs, and playing at the park with her family!  In January 2019, Genevieve was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma, a rare liver cancer. She underwent surgery to have the tumor on her liver removed and participated in a treatment plan that is new to the United States but commonly used in Europe and Asia. She was the first child in Idaho to receive this treatment.  She is currently cancer-free and enjoying life!

IMG_0834Madison was a positive, adventurous 11-year-old who loved cheerleading and spending time with her family and friends. Her smile lights up every room she enters. In August 2018, Maddie started having seizures which led to her diagnosis of Diffuse Midline Glioma. Maddie participated in a research study but recently, it was discovered that Maddie was not responding to treatment as well as they had hoped.

2018 Honorees

MicahMicah was a smart, loving 3-year-old who enjoyed playing games with his big brother, making others laugh, and using his imagination.  He loved tacos, the color red, and playdoh. Micah was diagnosed with leukemia in November 2017 and grew his angel wings in March 2018. He is greatly missed by his dad, mom, and big brother–and all who were blessed enough to know this precious boy.

MiaMia—a smiley, spunky, athletic 12-year-old—was always up for  competition with her four siblings. When this outgoing 7th-grader was not on the softball field or basketball court, she loved cheering for the Seattle Seahawks, watching the Ellen Show, or playing the piano or guitar. In July 2017, Mia was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Mia fought a valiant battle for a year before growing her angel wings in July 2018.  She has left a legacy of love, humor, and tenacity that continues to live on in her family and friends.

jw-2021-update  JW was a happy, energetic kiddo who loved to go, go, go!  This outgoing Meridian boy loves dancing, watching videos, and eating his favorite foods.  JW was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in September 2017. He underwent chemotherapy, surgery, two stem cell transplants, immunotherapy treatment, and radiation in 2018. In early March 2019, the doctors found a lump in his arm and confirmed that the cancer is back. JW started chemotherapy and immunotherapy again in April 2019 and participated in a research study in New York.  In January 2020, it was discovered that the cancer has continued to spread.

2017 Honorees

BGF-6595Ryan is a sweet, inquisitive almost 10-year-old who loves fishing, pizza and tacos. He also enjoys riding his trike to the library and hanging out with his extended grandparents. Ryan has completed treatment for brain cancer and is doing great. He continues to have scans every six months and is working hard in speech therapy.

bgf-6579.jpgLily is a charming, mischievous 8-year-old who loves socializing! Lily fully believes that someday she will turn into a mermaid. She loves to dance, read, draw, and test boundaries. She loves to eat Taki’s. She is very outgoing and will talk anyone’s ear off. She is full of empathy and compassion, especially for other cancer kids. Lily completed her treatment for ALL in 2018. She will continue to be monitored closely to ensure the cancer is staying away.

2016 Honorees

BGF-6566Eloise is a vivacious second-grader who just celebrated her seventh birthday. She loves PE, pizza and STEM class. She still dreams of being a pig nurse and enjoys playing with her pet pig, Luku. In August, Eloise will celebrate being off treatment for ALL for two years. Her blood count continues to be monitored every two months to watch for any side effects from the chemotherapy.

BGF-6555Franky is a active, shy third-grader who becomes a little chatterbox when you get to know him. This busy 8-year-old enjoys reading, playing football and dancing. When he grows up, Franky wants to be a police officer. Franky finished treatment for ALL in July 2018 but continues to be monitored regularly.

2015 Honorees

Alanna Alanna will always be remembered for her contagious exuberance in living life to the fullest, her love of anything “cattywhompus,” and her appreciation of the little things. After a valiant battle with stage IV neuroblastoma, Alanna earned her angel wings in September 2017. Her family continues to cherish all that Alanna has taught them about living in the moment as they continue to stand in support of other battle buddies and their families.


Brynlee is a compassionate, active fifth-grader who loves math. Her favorite things to do include playing with her younger sister, running with her friends, playing soccer and basketball, and golfing. When she grows up, this bright 10-year-old plans to become a doctor. Brynlee has completed treatment for ALL but continues to be monitored closely every three-months to ensure that the cancer stays away.

2014 Honorees

Screen Shot 2019-05-01 at 4.57.13 PM Brylee is a caring, active 13-year-old who is in the seventh-grade. When she isn’t hanging out with her family, she enjoys volleyball and crafting. Her current favorite food is Yakisoba noodles. Brylee has completed her treatment for AML and is five-years post-transplant. She is over half-way to her post-transplant clearance date.

Linzi Linzi is a busy, fun 8-year-old who loves third-grade. She enjoys ice-skating, roller-skating, playing dress up, and having tea parties—especially with her 5 siblings.  Linzi completed treatment for stage IV high-risk Neuroblastoma 4½ years ago and is finally considered to be in remission.

2013 Honoree

Lula Michaella “Lula” will always be remembered for her spunky spirit, love of life, and genuine care of others. Lula earned her angel wings in February 2014 after battling Stage IV Wilms Tumors. Throughout her short life, she lived in such a way that she impacted more people than most of us ever will in a lifetime.

2012 Honoree

BGF-6648Faith is a loving, kind eighth-grader who enjoys Cross Country, Track, playing guitar, photography, & her favorite food is spaghetti.

Faith is the name-sake and reason behind the creation of Boise’s Got Faith.  Faith completed her treatment for ALL almost five years ago and is thoroughly enjoying being a kid again! She continues to be monitored regularly to ensure that she remains healthy.