It was devastating news when four-year-old Joey was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, but sadly, even more difficult times were to come. Just a few weeks into Joey’s treatment, his mother passed away suddenly, leaving Dad, Scott, to support his three sons, all under 12 years old.
Over the next three and a half years, the staff at Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre became like a second family, as Joey endured tough treatment sessions. During these difficult times, Joey never let the diagnosis of cancer slow him down. Consistently upbeat and positive, his smile is contagious, and it has been a source of inspiration to his family, his school and to everyone that he meets.
Joey admits that having cancer was scary, and it made him sad that he couldn’t just be a normal kid, but he loved his doctors and nurses and got to meet a lot of ‘cool people’. Now, 9 years old, Joey has ‘kicked cancer’s butt’ and still visits the hospital every six months for a check-up.