Honored Kid

Joey L.

Joey L. Kid Photo

Location

Elmhurst, IL, US

Diagnosis

Burkitt's Leukemia and Lymphoma

Date of Diagnosis

June 2007

Status

Angel

Treated At

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

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My Story

Joey provided us with a lifetime of memories that will make us smile, cry, laugh and draw great inspiration from. His 11 month battle with cancer gave us all a chance to see the characteristics that truly made him special. Joey loved SpongeBob. It played constantly on the television in the hospital room, and by the time he left, all the doctors and nurses knew everything there was to know about the characters, songs, funny lines and dances they did in the show. What rivaled his love for SpongeBob was his love of Legos. He would put together any and all sets that were laid out in front of him from Batman to Speed Racer to Indiana Jones. He just lit up anytime a new Lego project came out. His Make-A-Wish trip to the Lego store downtown was heartwarming and the look of joy and wonderment on his face when we got down there was priceless. Joey loved being around family and friends and relished in the chance to be a part of all the fun that we had. Joey enjoyed going to school and loved being with his friends. Joey was warm, caring and affectionate. He was never one to shy away from giving a hug or kiss when needed. God called Joey to him, but in doing so he never will let us forget about him because as Daniel told us, Joey will always be in my mind and he will always be in my heart. In his short life, Joey taught us to LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH and have FAITH. He touched so many lives in such positive ways. Our family is forever grateful for all the outpouring of support we received during Joey's illness and are excited that Joey was chosen as an honored child for such a wonderful organization!

The Childhood Cancer Ripple Effect

Who's Honoring Me

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    Kevin Flaherty

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    Jack L.

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    Chip Egan

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    Mary Lopez

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    Dan Colantuono

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    Emily Newman

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    MWU Dental

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    Franklin Park Fire Department

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