Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pablove Across America 2011 Day 19 Morning Dedication: Bella R, Jayel S, Maggie K

Bella is in treatment for her third relapse of Stage 4 recurrent Alveolar Rhabdomysarcoma. She is eight years old and from Miami, Florida. Bella loves to swim, sing, play music, build things, fish and boat. She loves Mickey Mouse and Disneyworld and her 6 year old sister Rayna, 4 dogs and two parrots (favorite parrot is Roxy!) Jayel was diagnosed with Stage 4 Wilms Tumor in May. He is two years old from Puyallup, Washington. Jayel will compete treatment at the end of November. He is doing great with minimal side effects and his hair is already growing back! Maggie was diagnosed with Thalamic Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma (brain tumor in center of brain) in January 2010. She is five years old from Jamestown, North Carolina. Maggie had brain surgery to remove tumor in January 2010 and suffered a stroke during surgery. Now she has left-sided weakness and complications as a result of the stroke. A residual tumor was found and chemotherapy started earlier this year to treat it. Maggie just started kindergarten, and it is difficult to juggle school and chemotherapy and try to be a "normal" kid. Her latest scans show the tumor is stable; it actually shrunk a little bit. She still has one year of chemo and her parents have lots of hope the tumor keeps shrinking.

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