This week we would like to honor two-year-old Johnathon Cahill, currently fighting stage 4 cancer.
This little boy is an inspiration to many. A day after mother’s day this year, his family saw a lump bulging from his stomach. After spending nearly a week in the hospital, doctors diagnosed him with a type of liver cancer called Hepatoblastoma. This type of cancer only affects one in 1.5 million children. The tumor covered 6/8th of Johnathon’s liver. In August, doctor’s resected Johnathon’s liver. Since he also had two small tumors on his lung, he was considered a stage 4 cancer patient. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy, getting shots, and taking medications to beat cancer.
Johnathon’s sister, Sarah, describes her baby brother as a kid that refuses to sit in bed all day:
He gets right back up and plays with you. Even when the chemo makes him unable to walk, he will sit on the floor and play through the pain. Johnathon loves dancing and playing with cars and animals. He has a strong personality that shines right through…and is a strong little boy who was born a fighter. While he’s in the hospital, he makes everyone smile. The nurses told us that Johnathon is the reason that they love their job! He’s inspired me to become an Oncology nurse and graduate a year early.
Sarah also says that some weeks are tougher than others. This week, he starts chemotherapy at Columbia in NYC for his last three week round. His family is incurring heavy medical costs, medication fees, as well as travel costs to get back and forth to the hospitals for Johnathon.
Johnathon’s name means “Gift from God” and he truly fits that meaning. Cancer won’t bully Johnathon, he will win this battle!
You can help Johnathon and his family! First, check out his Hope for Johnathon facebook page set up by his sister, Sarah, and “Like” it. Then head over to the fundraising page set up for him and his family and donate whatever you can to help out this brave 2-year-old. Every little bit helps!
It’s obvious by looking at this little boy that he can light up a room, but he is also an inspiration to us at Hats Off For Cancer, making it easy to name Johnathon our HOC Hero of the Week!
If you know a child or teen who is battling or has battled cancer and you want to nominate them for our next HOC Hero of the Week, tell us about your hero and include photos and any links to their pages so we can support them! Fill out the nomination form here: http://hatsoffforcancer.org/nominate-hero.