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Personal Stories, Friends of Jimmy's Vision

When David was seven years old he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He spent two years in treatment with the most wonderful doctors and nurses. David’s parents thank God everyday for the gift of life they gave to David. David’s survival can only be described as a miracle. The most difficult part of this journey for David and his family was the loss of many close friends. David is now in high school and plans to become a doctor so that he can help offer hope to others with cancer.

Madison Mitchem was only five months old, in August 2001, when she was diagnosed with Infant Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (iALL). Madi did quite well with chemotherapy treatment and stayed in remission for 15 months. She relapsed in December 2002. She received an umbilical cord blood stem cell transplant at Duke University in NC on April 30, 2003. In October 2003 she relapsed again, but this time the leukemia returned as tumors. In just two more weeks, her battle was over. Now she is resting in the arms of Jesus.
Princess Madi loved life! She would rather run than walk, loved dancing and playing her guitar with the Wiggles, and thoroughly enjoyed playing with her Barbie dolls. She loved dressing up and always had to be wearing shoes. Her favorite times were spent with her big brothers Matt and Mikey. She was a joy to all who knew her.

Katie Ogle
Survivor, diagnosed 1999

I was thirteen years old when I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia in February of 1999. I spent two and a half years fighting this disease with the help of the most amazing doctors and nurses at Kaiser Permanente in Fontana, California. My body responded very well to the chemotherapy and I had very few complications with my treatment. Through my treatment, I was blessed enough to meet the most amazing, strong-willed, and brave people I will ever know. The hardest part about all of this was watching my incredibly brave friends lose their fight with the different cancers they were faced with. I know God called them home to Heaven early for a reason and not a day goes by that I do not think of them. I am so thankful to my doctors and nurses, especially Dr. Haghighat (Pediatric Oncologist, Kaiser Permanente Hospital; Fontana, CA.) I am also extremely thankful to my parents and family. Through this experience, I learned that God has given me the most incredible, giving and loving family in the world. Without my parents and doctors, there is no way I would have ever made it through my fight with cancer. I currently have my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and I am working with special needs children.

Mitchell Ryder Maddox
Dec. 30, 1986 – Nov. 30, 2003

Our son, Mitchell was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in 2001. He went the next two years though radiation, chemotherapy and a double stem cell transplant. For Mitchell there was no cure. Our hope is that there will be a cure for other children.
Mitchell is our champion, our son.


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