Bounce Back from Cancer TM | EJ’s Story

[TRANSCRIPT]: – I was playing basketball my dad. And then all of a sudden I felt like, like a rush kind of like to my head. And then we went inside and my dad checked my temperature. – EJ had…

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[TRANSCRIPT]: – I was playing basketball my dad. And then all of a sudden I felt like, like a rush kind of like to my head. And then we went inside and my dad checked my temperature.

– EJ had a fever that lasted a couple of days. His mom brought him to the hospital. They ran some x-rays. As soon as we found out that EJI had a mass and was diagnosed with lymphoma immediately they put them in ICU, started doing chemo. The day after where we did meet with Dr. Daghistani and his team.

– Miami Cancer Institute is really special because we offer all kinds of treatment to children in one friendly environment. My job basically seeing the patient like the captain of the ship we have a big team here at Miami Cancer Institute. We call it the pediatric oncology support team. And that team include nurses, child life, nurse manager, social worker, psychologist. We make it as easy and as a friendly as possible to the family offering the most updated children’s oncology group protocol. The sooner you start the less the complication and the faster the patient gets healed.

– We spent Christmas and New Year’s in the hospital ’cause EJ couldn’t go anywhere. Thankfully with the support of our family and friends and the team Dr.D and all the nurses we were able to get through it.

– I call him EJ the Warrior. EJ the Warrior was a very special child.

– Dealing with Dr. Daghistani, the nurses, the foundation. It’s hard to put into words. I mean, I don’t know what communities have that in place where you can feel like you’re at home. When you’re going through something like cancer treatment.

– He’s always open. He knows everything that’s happening. He’s always calm about everything.

– Through this building relationship and bridges, we’ll be able to get them from A to Z, which is a hell of a trip. If your cancer doesn’t come back in five years, less than one in a million, the chance is going to come back. So that’s why we wait for the five-year mark. And he is officially cured. Thanks God.

– It was really just heartwarming experience and accomplishing experience. When I hit the gong. I’ve come such a long way.

– Bounce Back is one of the best thing that is happening to us here in our community. We want to involve our community in our treatment and in our care for the children and adult for cancer.

– I want to participate in the Bounce Back because I like basketball. You’re dribbling a ball and you’re with your family and friends and you’re having fun. I was out there with my cousins and I thought it was just fun. Like it was a fun bonding experience too.

– One of the highlight of pediatric oncology is seeing your patients surviving and having a normal life. During this walk, we talk, we support each other and we fundraise money with the fundraising, with the research, with that advancement. I’m sitting today and tell them 90% chance of survival. So all these moneys goes for good reason for cure of cancer.

– It pushes me now I have something to motivated me ’cause I know that I overcame something. And then all my family knows that to.

– [Narrator] Join us March 13th, as we Bounce Back to find a cure.

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