Age 10, Lives in Vaughan (Woodbridge)
Matteo is an avid hockey player and an incredibly brave fighter!
10-year-old Matteo was diagnosed with Leukaemia in May 2018. He was immediately admitted to hospital to start intensive chemotherapy. The treatment hit him hard. He suffered many side effects, i.e. fevers, anaphylactic reactions to blood transfusions, nausea, severe jaw pain, pancreatitis and loss of strength.
Matteo is now in the maintenance therapy stage of his treatment, which means 3 more years of chemotherapy, pokes, tests, lumbar punctures and scans. He takes majority of his chemo orally, taking up to 18 medications a day, and visits the hospital every 2 weeks to have chemo in his port, lumbar punctures in his spine, and also have his bloodwork done to monitor his counts.
This courageous boy’s battle is far from over, but Matteo is one fearless kid who is determined to show cancer who’s boss.
Age 13, Lives in Scarborough
Jamielee has a brain tumour, and NF1- Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (tumours of the nervous system). She has lost most of her vision in her right eye from the tumour.
Jamielee was diagnosed when she was just 18 months old, and started chemotherapy at the age of five – 72 rounds of chemo from January 2012 to June 2013. She did five different protocols of chemotherapy. Currently, Jamielee is on a break from Chemo, but anticipating starting back up.
Jamielee loves everything and anything to do with Sick Kids Hospital. It is her 2nd home. She loves to support Sick Kids by attending events to help raise money for the new hospital.