Honored Kid

Jocilyn Gregory

Age 20
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Location

Duncan, OK, US

Diagnosis

Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

May 2006

Status

In remission

Treated At

Naval Medical Center San Diego Balboa Hospital

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My Story

Jocilyn Gregory was born Oct. 19, 2001 in Oceanside, California. At only 3 days old she was diagnosed with a heart defect. She was 8 weeks old when she had heart surgery, and we knew then she would have to fight to live. She had a full recovery from her heart surgery and never again had a problem with it. On May 16, 2006 Jocilyn was enjoying her typical day at daycare. At naptime she laid down like she always did, but this time she was very difficult to wake up. I rushed home from work and took her to the hospital. After many hours of testing, the doctors discovered Jocilyn had a tumor in her brain. The swelling made her unable to be woken up. Jocilyn was flown to Balboa Naval Medical Center where she was immediately taken into surgery. Doctors confirmed that Jocilyn had Medulloblastoma and would need radiation as well as chemotherapy. She has endured 5 brain surgeries, 8 weeks of high dose radiation, and 14 months of chemotherapy. With rehabilitation services, Jocilyn has relearned to walk, talk, use the restroom on her own, eat and play. She still deals daily with struggles, but she never lets them get her down. She stays positive. Her motto in life is “you can’t hurt steel”, and she lives it. Jocilyn has been in remission for 6 years and is still the most positive, upbeat person I have ever met. In her free time she enjoys gymnastics, singing, taking care of her little sister, and annoying her little brother. Jocilyn hopes to one day sing for 1 million people.Thank you for supporting me and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure.

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