Boy & Girl of the Year
The 2017 Boy & Girl of the Year
The Boy & Girl of the Year are local blood cancer survivors who serve as inspiration to the Man & Woman of the Year candidates throughout their campaigns.
2017 Boy of the Year
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) patient
Ross of Scarsdale, NY, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) when he was two years old in September 2014. His family noticed that he was walking with a limp and Ross kept complaining of bone pain. Ross?s family took him to the doctor where a blood test confirmed his diagnosis of all. Ross is currently in treatment and has endured intense chemotherapy, spinal taps, and loss of his hair. He is now in the maintenance phase for treatment of all; allowing him to be a normal little boy again. His hair has grown back and his personality has returned in full force! The maintenance phase has allowed Ross to be around his family and friends and he is finishing pre-school and getting ready to enter kindergarten. He is looking forward to his second summer at camp.
Although Ross is in the maintenance phase, he still has to go through many more chemotherapy treatments and is still taking his oral chemotherapy on a nightly basis. In addition, Ross endures spinal taps every three months as well as steroids. Come this December, Ross will finally be declared a cancer survivor!
Even though Ross has had a difficult journey, his family says that he never lets them see him sweat. According to his mother, Jill, Ross is a fighter and one of the strongest boys out there! Through all of this, Ross never lost his spirit, laughter, or sense of humor. He collecting matchbox cars, playing various sports and spending time with his family and friends. Ross and his family are exciting to have him serve as the 2017 Boy of the Year!
2017 Girl of the Year
Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) survivor
At the age of 9, Julianna went from being a rambunctious, feisty, energetic little girl to a lethargic, sleepy 4th grader with pains in her abdomen. After countless visits to the doctor and an emergency room visit which included an ultrasound, CT scan and MRI, Julianna was told that she had masses over every organ in her little body. She met with the hematology/oncology doctors who sent her in for a laparoscopic biopsy of her ovary. The biopsy results came in, and Julianna was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL).
Through her course of treatment, Julianna had undergone countless lumbar punctures, biopsies, port intersections, and IV chemo treatments. Her treatments were all inpatient, which took her away from her family and friends for at least a week at a time.
Through it all, Julianna remained positive and energetic. She continued to see her friends and she continued to dance. She made friends in the hospital, which helped her remain positive. She was given the nickname, ?Tough Cookie? because that?s what she was. Julianna took any setback thrown and her and battled through them all.