Honored Kid

Jeanette O.

Jeanette O. Kid Photo


Ventura, CA, US



Date of Diagnosis

August 2000


Passed away

Treated At

Children's Hospital of Orange County Children's Hospital Los Angeles City of Hope

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My Story

In September 2000, Jeanette, a kindergartner at Poinsettia Elementary School, was diagnosed with Adrenal Cortical Cancer which responds neither to chemotherapy or radiation. Consequently, through January 2003, she underwent eight surgeries to remove tumors, her right kidney and adrenal gland. Jeanette remained cancer free until April 2005 when she was diagnosed with bone cancer, osteosarcoma.. A ten inch tumor was found in her right tibia which was removed and replaced with a metal prosthesis. Her Friend Bob, a volunteer for Ventura PD, said, "If you want to know bravery, courage and persistence, know Jeanette." In January 2008, a tumor was found in her left femur and her left leg was amputated above the knee. While she was learning to use her prosthesis, doctors found tumors in her lungs. She had surgery and Jay was treated at 3 separate hospitals, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Childrens Hospital Orange County and City Of Hope Hospital, Duarte, CA.. All of these treatments were test treatments with newly developed cancer treatment medications using the latest, most up to date, protocols available. Throughout all this Jeanette continued to fight and was to the edge of life twice during those treatments. One time she went into cardiac arrest and was revived, spent 2 weeks in intensive care and a total of 59 days in the hospital at City of Hope. Jay continued to fight on and went back to school in September of 2009 after more surgeries and treatments. Jeanette died in late 2009 after a valiant fight against this horrid disease. We miss her.

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