9 years old
In July 2015, Steven was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a type of blood cancer. Because his body’s response to chemotherapy was delayed, Steven was placed in a high-risk category, struggling through harsh, persistent side effects.
Over the course of his treatment, Steven was hospitalized for more than 200 days, due to complications and infections. Yet, he faced each day with a smile and a “thumbs up” for his family and friends. He didn’t want his parents to worry about him, and would often say, “Mom, I’m having a bad day today, but it’s OK.”
Steven made many friends at the Janeway, staff and patients alike. He would often worry about the other children, more than himself, and would cheer them on to get better.
Now in remission, Steven can get back to the activities that he loves, like video games and music.