Boy & Girl of the Year

Delaware's 2016 Boy & Girl of the Year

The Boy & Girl of the Year are local blood cancer survivors who motivate and inspire the Man & Woman of the Year candidates throughout the competition.  The Man of the Year candidates run on behalf of the Girl of the Year, and the Woman of the Year candidates run on behalf of the Boy of the Year.  These young heroes are being treated at Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, and they look forward to sharing their personal stories this season!

Meet Naomi, Delaware's 2017 Girl of the Year
Naomi Girl of Year

Naomi is an 8-year-old girl who loves gynmastics, ballet, and running around with her siblings. After her parents noticed a lump on her neck in December 2015, she went to Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children where she was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma on January 3, 2016. After spending the month of January in the hospital for her chemotherapy treatments, and visiting the hospital again twice a week through November 2016, Naomi is now in the maintenance phase of her treatment until April 2018. She is looking forward to the day when she is cancer free!

Meet Xander, Delaware's 2017 Boy of the Year

Xander is what his parents call a "sour patch kid." One minute he's jumping off counters and the next he's cuddled up next to you asking to watch Scooby Doo. On October 13, 2015, just two days before his second birthday, he was diagnosed with leukemia after his parents noticed some little red dots on his hands that they thought were a rash. Xander?s dad is in the Air Force, and they were Aviano Air Base in Italy when they received the news. In a foreign land with a foreign language, their family began their journey through chemotherapy, spinal taps, bone marrow biopsies, and countless other treatments. The Air Force allowed their family to move to Dover Air Force Base and continue Xander?s treatment at the amazing Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Watching your child go through leukemia and chemotherapy ranks up there with "worst things ever to do in life," but Xander is a great example of how to kick cancer?s butt! He may only be three, but he's already changed the world!Xander


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