Meet the 2018 Boy of the Year

Submitted by HughesS on Fri, 02/16/2018 - 20:09

When he’s not running through the woods with his band of neighborhood buddies, 6 year-old Colt Rever can certainly be spotted cruising around in his Police Power Wheels making sure that all is well within his community. Nothing can keep him down. In June of 2016, Colt was diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia at Duke Children’s Hospital.

Meet the 2018 Girl of the Year

Submitted by HughesS on Fri, 02/16/2018 - 19:35

Selia Awele Lillie Mae Powell was born October 18, 2013, and was the most beautiful gift to our family. Since she had a big brother, Ilyas (who was 3 when Selia was born) to follow behind, Selia seemed to learn the ways of the world pretty fast. We were so blessed to have a very active healthy baby. In August 2016, Selia had two unexplained fractures in her leg and foot, which left her in two full length casts for a while. During this time, Selia experienced rapid weight loss, developed multiple ear infections, fevers, and had a loss of appetite.

Bakersfield's 2018 Boy of the Year

Submitted by NicalaAllen on Thu, 02/01/2018 - 04:26

As a mom, I’m sure you can understand how frightening it was to hear that my 10 month old baby boy had cancer. In May 2013, my son Jayce was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) after initially getting bronchitis at 4 months old and approximately 6 months of doctor visits, breathing treatments and being sent home.

He hadn’t been feeling well, sleeping all the time and when I picked him up he would cry like he was hurting. When we finally learned he had AML they told us he also had pneumonia. I nearly passed out after hearing this terrifying news!

Bakersfield's 2018 Girl of the Year

Submitted by NicalaAllen on Thu, 02/01/2018 - 04:11

It was Aug 2016 that Audrey became very sick. I was taking her back and forth from one urgent care and emergency room to another. Only to be told, "She has a virus. Just let her ride it out".

She would wake up in the night screaming in pain. Her whole little body ached all over and she wouldn't walk because her legs hurt; so we carried her everywhere.