Young cancer patient to celebrate birthday with friends for first-time ever

Young cancer patient to celebrate birthday with friends for first-time ever


ABOUT 30 POINTS. SHEREE: A YOUNG CANCER PATIENT WHO DOCTORS THOUGHT MIGHT NOT MAKE IT PAST THE AGE OF ONE IS MARKING HIS SEVENTH BIRTHDAY TODAY. WLWT NEWS 5’S JOHN LONDON IS HERE WITH THE PROGRESS REEF CARNESON WILL BE CELEBRATING OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS. JOHN? JOHN TODAY, BECAUSE IT’S HIS : BIRTHDAY. SUNDAY, BECAUSE IT’LL BE HIS FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY EVER WITH OTHER KIDS. REEF HAS BATTLED A RARE FORM OF CANCER THROUGHOUT HIS YOUNG LIFE. HIS TIME IN CINCINNATI FOR TREATMENT AT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL BY WAY OF SOUTH AFRICA AND L.A. HAS SEEN REMARKABLE IMPROVEMENT. HE’S BEEN IN CLASSES AT SYMMES ELEMENTARY SINCE LAST YEAR. HE’S HANDLING HIS THRICE-WEEKLY MEDICAL THERAPIES WELL. AND HE’S BEEN BUSY HANDING OUT PARTY INVITATIONS FOR THIS WEEKEND. HE’S BEEN IN ISOLATION FOR HIS ENTIRE LIFE. WE’VE ACTUALLY CELEBRATED HIS BIRTHDAY WITH STUFFED ANIMALS WITH A PLATE OF KIND OF CAKE WHICH WE GIVE EACH STUFFED ANIMAL EACH YEAR. AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME HE’S ACTUALLY GOING TO GET TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTHDAY WITH REAL , OTHER CHILDREN. WHEN I WAS IN SOUTH AFRICA, I USED TO BE A PARTY PLANNER, SO OBVIOUSLY ALL I WANTED TO DO WAS PLAN MY KIDS’ BIRTHDAYS. THIS IS THE FIRST ONE THAT I CAN ACTUALLY PLAN. JOHN: REEF’S FATHER IS A PASTRY CHEF BY TRADE, SO THE BIRTHDAY CUPCAKES REEF BROUGHT TO CLASSMATES TODAY MIGHT WHET THE APPETITE OF FRIENDS INVITED TO SUNDAY’S PARTY. THERE’S A LOT TO CELEBRATE FOR THE CARNESON FAMILY. WHEN REEF CAME TO AMERICA, HE WAS ESSENTIALLY UNABLE TO EAT, WALK, OR TALK. AS HIS FATHER PUT IT THIS AFTERNOON, THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS HERE HAVE TAKEN THIS LITTLE BOY AND GIVEN HIM A LIFE AND THE CHANCE TO BE A KID.

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