Jazmyn is an active two-year-old who loves to sing, dance, and play at the parks near her home. She is always trying to make everyone around her smile and laugh. Her spirit has never wavered, even though she has Neuroblastoma Stage 4 Cancer.
Neuroblastoma is a very rare type of cancerous tumor that accounts for 7% - 10% of all childhood cancers. Symptoms widely vary, but many children with this diagnosis, like Jazmyn, require surgery and chemotherapy. Jazmyn has had seven surgeries thus far and is currently undergoing chemotherapy with antibody therapy.
Up until only a few months ago, Jazmyn’s parents never suspected there was anything wrong with their beautiful baby. But a routine visit to the pediatrician uncovered concerns that led Jazmyn and her family to the experts at Primary Children’s Hospital. Soon they learned that Jazmyn is considered a “high risk” patient, which means her body is more susceptible to infection. To ensure her immune system remained as healthy as possible to undergo life-saving surgeries, Jazmyn had to spend 10 months of her young life in the Immunocompromised Unit at Primary Children’s. Medical isolation can be very challenging and confusing for a young child being told they are not able to leave their room.
Isolation for a young two-year-old was a daunting task, made bearable only because of the Music Therapy program at Primary Children’s Hospital. Music Therapists would visit Jazmyn, entertain her, and engage her in making music to help her healing journey. Music Therapy proved to be a source of serenity and strength for her recovery.
Music Therapy, Art Therapy, and Dance Therapy are all programs that are fully funded by generous donors to Primary Children’s Hospital. These programs allow patients, like Jazmyn, to keep singing, dancing, creating, and playing… without missing a beat.
Jazmyn just became a big sister on December 1 and is looking forward to taking care of her new little brother. Her parents know she will teach him how to dance, sing, and how to be resilient. Give today and help brave kids like Jazmyn!
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