Jonah's Testimony
In early November during 2006, my 5th grade year, i began having joint pains in my knees and i ignored it not thinking anything of it. After a few weeks of my knees hurting i woke up with my eyes swollen shut. My mother, being the motherly mother she is, immediately took me to the local physician. The first physician blew it off like it was nothing and sent me home. After hearing about this, my father took me to a different physician and she told my father to rush me to All Children's Hospital. After several hours of scans and doctors coming in and out of my ER room at All Children's Hospital, i was Diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and admitted into the hospital at about 12 AM. I stayed there for about two months. After that i was admitted to go home but the battle had just begun and little did i know that a seemingly horrible event would change my life positively forever. For the next 3 and a half years i experienced many troubles and events that i thought i would never get past, including some horrific near-death experiences and even saw a room mate and a dear friend have their lives end before my very eyes while in the hospital. On February 17th, 2010, i was put into remission and since then i have dedicated my life to becoming a Pediatric Hematologist - Oncologist to help kids who have cancer and to help their parents better understand and cope with what their child is going through. Until then, i started this event to raise money for causes like Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, All Children's Hospital Pediatric Research Fund and Why Me.
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