Meet Jack: 2019 Family Advocacy Day Champion

Jack is participating at 2019 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day from June 25-26 in Washington, D.C. During the event, Jack will share information about his health journey and the importance of children’s health care with members of Congress. Below is his story.

Jack has a passion for medicine and science and he’s always eager to learn! You won’t find him playing video games like other kids his age. Instead, this curious 15-year-old likes to watch videos related to what he’s learning in school.

Since Jack has such a positive outlook on life, it’s hard to believe that he was diagnosed with leukemia three years ago. He dealt with the side effects of chemotherapy optimistically, especially during the first year of treatment at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Because Jack is very sensitive to chemotherapy, the care team at Joe DiMaggio went the extra mile to consult other pediatric oncologists across the country to avoid relapse.

Even when he was “at his worst” during chemotherapy, Jack would always express kind words to his caretakers at Joe DiMaggio Children’s. The staff and medical team make every effort to help him feel comfortable and at home. Jack has special connections with his nurse, Kara Owens, and primary oncologist, Dr. Kramer. They are knowledgeable, professional and personable and have been there for Jack and his family from the start.

Thanks to his family’s support and the exceptional care at Joe DiMaggio Children’s, Jack is now stable and continues with outpatient chemotherapy once a month. The doctors at Joe DiMaggio communicate and coordinate well with each other, so his family can even avoid making separate appointments to have his blood drawn in different departments.

Since Jack couldn’t go to school or be in crowded places during the first year of chemotherapy, his doctors and nurses soon became his teachers and friends. He would ask them many questions about the medical field, what they liked and disliked about their jobs, and his diagnosis. The more he learned from his care team, the more he became passionate about medicine.

The great experience he had at Joe DiMaggio Children’s confirmed his interest in pursuing a career in the medical field. He wants to become a doctor to care for patients just as well as he was cared! Way to go, Jack. We’re cheering you on!

Join us in welcoming Jack to 2019 Family Advocacy Day.

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