Honored Kid

Yaretzi C.

Age 17
Yaretzi C. Kid Photo


Merrillville, IN, US


Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

June 2012


In maintenance

Treated At

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital

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My Story

Yaretzi is 5 years old; she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) on June 1, 2012. Our entire family was devastated when we were informed of this life threatening illness, mainly because as a family we had no experience with childhood cancer and also because it was happening to our wonderful energetic and outgoing 5 year old. Since being diagnosed and going thru treatment, Yaretzi has changed physically and mentally she knows she is different but she has amazed us all with her understanding of her illness and strength during her battle. We are so proud of our brave little angel and we are grateful for all the support and compassion that our little girl has received. Yaretzi has always been an outgoing and active "girly girl" she enjoys singing and dancing to her favorite Disney show, Shake It Up. Yaretzi is currently enjoying being in school and meeting new friends she is amazingly smart and her conversations with others indicate she is mature for her age. Yaretzi enjoys dressing up and role playing. She likes spending time outside the house with her family and enjoys visiting water parks. She likes for others to read to her and although she enjoys school she is not fond of homework. Her hobby is taking pictures and recording herself singing and she aspires to be on television someday. It is hard to accept that our baby has cancer but support and prayers from family, friends, and concerned individuals have helped us all through these hard times. We are committed to fighting this illness and we look forward to the day when we can celebrate Yaretzi's triumph over cancer.

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