Hopecam Daily Honored Children
Day 1: ethan - 13 YEARS OLD, pasadena, ca; t-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Ethan's family is very grateful to Hopecam for keeping Ethan's spirits up during a very dark time and helping stay connected to his friends and classmates. It definitively helped him integrate back in to class. They would like to thank Len Forkas for this fantastic idea and Ethan's grandma "Gigi" for finding an article that was written about Hopecam and urging them to apply for the program.
Day 2: MARY - 14 years old, Weaverville, CA; ewing's sarcoma
Mary was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in 2015 when she was 12 years old. Mary was unable to participate in school, and still is unable to attend due to the effects from chemotherapy and her continuing pain. Hopecam has helped Mary stay connected with her family, friends, and school during her treatment and convalescence. Hopecam is a wonderful organization.
Day 3: AVA - 9 YEARS OLD, North Aurora, IL; DIPG
Ava was a fun-loving, sweet, smart and spunky 9-year-old girl who lit up every room she entered. During Ava’s time here, Hopecam was instrumental in keeping Ava both socially and mentally connected with her peers during the most difficult of times. Hopecam is great technology for children battling life illnesses. Thank you Hopecam.
Day 4: Dunnovan - 11 years old, Austin, TX; acute myeloid leukemia
Hospital and other public wi-fi is often poor, and Hopecam provided Dunnovan with a wi-fi device that has helped him stay connected to family, friends and his teacher. His family is truly grateful to organizations like Hopecam for everything they have done for Dunnovan and others fighting childhood cancer across the country. Thank you Hopecam!
Day 5: Finley - 6 years old, Lenexa, KS; Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Finley was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in June of 2016. Finley had to miss quite a bit of school this year. She was very excited when she got the Hopecam set up. Her teacher worked with her on a daily basis, determining the best time for her to join the class virtually. This made it so much easier not only on her, but her classmates.
Day 6: Shyann - 14 years old, Pleasant Hill, MO; Acute Lymphoblastic leukemia
Throughout Shyann's cancer journey, she had many hospital stays and months of being at home. When her family learned about Hopecam, they jumped on it. It has been a great way for her to keep up in the classroom and stay in touch with her friends and family. Thanks to Hopecam, along with her determination, she has remained on the Honor Roll throughout this journey.
Day 7: Ezra, Savannah, GA; Pineal Germinoma
When the doctors told Ezra that he had cancer, he sat quietly for a few moments and then he said, “okay, what do I need to do to get better?” He heroically went through chemotherapy and radiation. He was determined to get better. “I am better” became his daily affirmation. Throughout his treatment he was able to Skype with friends, classmates and teachers using the technology given to him by Hopecam. Being able to connect with his peers gave him hope that soon he would be able to return to a normal life.
Day 8: Ashley - 18 years old, Memphis, TN; Ewing Sarcoma
Ewing's Sarcoma is a type of cancer that Ashley will be receiving 14 rounds of chemotherapy every other week for. She is not able to physically return to school but she still manages to complete all of her classes and has graduated with honors at her high school. Hopecam has been an important part in helping her graduate by allowing Ashley to communicate with her school and research to finish assignments for her classes.
Day 9: Kyle - 11 years old, Paris, KY; High Risk B-Cell Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
Since starting treatment Kyle has not been allowed to go back to school, which he misses very much. He misses his friends and teacher, and was very sad that he couldn't attend school. That was when his family was told about Hopecam and how Kyle could stay in touch with his classmates. Kyle has definitely enjoyed the times he has been able to talk with everyone thanks to Hopecam.
Day 10:Cambria - 16 years old, Blue Springs, MO; Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Cambria is a wonderful girl with so many talents and such a bright future. She is quite the musician playing the piano, violin, clarinet, guitar and is hoping to start learning the cello and ukulele . She is active at her High School as a member of the Symphonic Orchestra, Girls Basketball Team, and the Debate Team. She has dreams of becoming a Forensic Psychologist in the FBI and a Lawyer.
Day 11: Lily - 5 years old, Leesburg, VA; Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Lily uses Hopecam a lot during the school week. Hopecam has really helped her create friendships and continue her education without falling behind or compromising her immune system. Hopecam has made Lily feel less isolated and has alleviated some of the apprehensiveness that appears when she is able to physically be in the classroom. She has questioned why she is "different" and this program has really given her a sense of normalcy.
Day 12: Thomas - 7 years old, Fort Meade, MD; Brain Tumor
Thomas has used his Kindle constantly since he received it. He has Skyped with his class a few times and was able to participate in the "me bag" where he was sent 3 things that he likes in a bag to school and then while his class was on Skype he was able to tell them about the 3 things and a little about himself as well. He will also use it to talk to his older sister while he is getting chemotherapy, as an inpatient, and she is at home.