Honored Kid

Jette Beck

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Location

Salem, OH, US

Diagnosis

Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

January 2017

Status

Passed away

Treated At

Akron Children's Hospital

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My Story

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. My full name is Jette Magdalina Ann Beck. I am almost 4 yrs old. I am a bit of a wild one as you can probably tell from first sight. I love to paint and play Barbies. I hate nap time and the concept of "slowing down" in general. I have lived with my Great Aunt and Uncle (my guardians) since I was about 7 months old. When they welcomed me in, I then became a little sister to Anna (9) and two brothers: Darius (13) and Trevor (7). We all get along great. This past Christmas, I began getting painful headaches and becoming sleepy more and more. After many doctor visits and blood tests an MRI was ordered. On the day of my MRI I got a really bad headache and after getting some medicine, I fell asleep....Jette fell asleep so hard that no drugs were needed to keep her still. After the tests, they could not wake her up. The test results showed a plum size tumor in the center of her brain below her pituitary gland attached to the brainstem. Given her age and the size of the tumor, the outcome looked bleak. After a 4-1/2 hour surgery , about 90% of the tumor was able to be removed. The pituitary pathway is now damaged and has caused Diabetes Insipidus; a disorder of salt and water metabolism. The biopsy showed the tumor to be a glioblastoma, level 4. It is the most aggressive cancer that begins within the brain. There is no cure.
UPDATE
5/23/17
 It is with a very heavy heart that I must inform everyone that Jette passed away early this morning.
She waited for the credits to finish rolling on Frozen and has a smile on her face.
We deeply appreciate all of you and we fail to find words strong enough to describe what you mean to us.

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