Anais, from Lynbrook, was diagnosed with high risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia just before her third birthday. She received two and a half years of chemotherapy in several different ways. Today, Anais is four years in remission and loves to ride her bike, sing, dance and read.
Douglas, from Shirley, had pains in his legs so bad he could not get on and off the school bus. After a month of doctor and hospital visits he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Douglas completed treatment in the summer of 2016. He is a car enthusiast and loves playing Lego Jurassic Park, Disney Infinity, Skylanders and car racing games on his PS4.
At 2 1/2 years old, Gina, from Syosset, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She went through 27 months of chemotherapy and has been off treatment for five years! Today, Gina is now in the 5th grade. She is living a healthy life and loves animals and riding her bike.
Jake, from Medford, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma after experiencing severe stomach pains. He completed treatment in December of 2014. Today, Jake is an active ten-year-old who loves playing football, riding his bike, playing Nerf Wars and going swimming.
Mary, from East Islip, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2011. She endured medicines, needles, steroids and a long hospital stay. She has been in remission since 2013 and is feeling great! Mary is happy to be cancer free and loves dancing, singing, and playing the violin. Her favorite place to visit is Disney World.
Olivia, from Garden City, is a fun-loving and active 9 year old. In January 2015 she was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma, a rare & rapidly growing type of lymphoma. She bravely completed six rounds of intensive chemotherapy and is happy to get back to participating in her favorite activities like soccer, ballet, and cooking.
Rafi is 16 years old from Dix Hills. He was diagnosed with leukemia in 2003 after suffering severe leg pain. He underwent aggressive chemotherapy and approximately 36 blood transfusions. Rafi wants to bring hope to people battling blood cancers. In his spare time, he enjoys boating, deep sea fishing, computers, fencing, swimming and attending professional sporting events.
Vanessa, from Old Westbury, was diagnosed with leukemia by coincidence at age eight after going to the ER for what she thought was appendicitis. Her treatments was difficult and she got very sick from the chemotherapy. She has been cancer free for several years and wants to be a psychologist, a filmmaker or anything involving writing. Vanessa is a fan of comic books, superheroes, and monster movies and her biggest role model is Madala Yousafzai.