Author Archives: Isaac Kiehl

Jaiczielle (Jaicz Jaicz), 5 | B-Cell A.L.L. at age 3 ½

Jaiczielle or as everyone calls him Jaicz Jaicz was diagnosed 12/18/2019 at the age of 3 and a half years old.

When he was first diagnosed, he had a very hard time.  He would be home only for 2-day intervals, would catch fevers, and then be readmitted for 7 to 14 days at a time. On one occasion, Jaicz caught a bacterial infection that doctors said if he would have not been in the hospital that day at the onset of fever, he would not be here today. Jaicz Jaicz has matured so fast not by choice but by circumstance. He fights and is so brave. Now at 5 years old he has adapted to his medical care being part of his life. 

He loves to create things with his hands. He is a huge Lego lover. Super Mario and Batman and Joker are his favorite. He loves to draw and play tag zombies with his dad. Give him any building object and he can make you some pretty cool things! He is full of life, happy with a giggle and smile that is contagious. When asked what he wants to be when he grows up, he replied ” I want to be strong! So, I can lift heavy things!” Little does he understand that his amazing strength is what made us strong and lifted us from our knees on the darkest days. He is a warrior our hero! We are strong because we are Jaicz Jaicz strong. 

Israel, 9 | Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia ( A.L.L.)

Israel Lopez Diaz fue diagnosticado con leucemia linfoblastica aguda ( ALL) en abril 24, 2018 días antes de su cumpleaños número 6. Fue una batalla difícil y dura pero Gracias a dios y a todos los doctores y enfermeras de Banner children’s at Dessert el pudo acabar su 

Tratamiento Diciembre 31, 2020 y tocó la campana que venció el cancer lo logró con mucha fe, esperanza, y el amor de toda su familia. El es un niño muy fuerte y alegre en su tiempo libre le gusta jugar vídeo juegos, soccer, football con sus amigos.  Para aquellos que están pasando por una batalla similar les podemos desir que tengan mucha fe y nunca la pierdan porque dios es grande y los doctores son unos ángeles y primero Dios ganaran su batalla como Israel lo iso. 

Israel Lopez Diaz was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) on April 24, 2018 days before his 6th birthday. It was a tough and tough battle but Thank God and all the doctors and nurses at Banner Children’s at Dessert he was able to finish it.

Treatment December 31, 2020 and he rang the bell that beat cancer, he achieved it with a lot of faith, hope, and the love of his entire family. He is a very strong and happy boy. In his free time, he likes to play video games, soccer, football with his friends. For those who are going through a similar battle we can tell you to have a lot of faith and never lose it because God is great and the doctors are angels and first God will win their battle as Israel is.

Lily, 7 | ALL – Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Our little girl, Lily, was three years old at the time and had been sick on and off again for months.  When her fever spiked from an ear infection, we took her to the emergency room.   Within hours we were dealt the most devastating blow a parent can ever receive…our Lily had leukemia. 

The financial, physical, and mental stress of a child fighting for their lives is overwhelming as a parent. Lily spent over a month living in the hospital and our lives turned upside down overnight. Over the 2.5 years of her treatment, she lost her hair twice, experienced liver failure, endured over 29 surgeries, lost hearing in her left ear, and spent almost a year in quarantine due to her fragile condition.  

Through all of her pain and suffering, Lily continued to warm us with her bright smile and big laugh.  Her spunky and tenacious attitude never failed.  With tired legs and aching bones, Lily still never stopped trying to run, dance and play and it was all we could do to keep up with her.  She has taught us that life is too short to waste, that dreams have to be chased and that family and love are the most precious gifts of all. 

Today, Lily is seven years old and cancer free!  Her hair has grown back, her hearing loss has been repaired and she is loving every moment of a life free from treatments.  She is still unstoppable: loves to run, dance, swim and play!   We thank God every day for the gift of Lily.  Her journey is the inspiration behind our family founding the nonprofit – Lily’s Pad.

Lily’s Pad is working to give every child the freedom to play!

Christian, 7 | Brain Cancer

During a routine exam in June 2016, it was discovered that Christian had no vision in his right eye and was diagnosed with Brain Cancer.  Brain surgery left him completely blind, and life as we knew it, changed forever.

Life revolved around chemo, countless MRI’s and daily medication to treat permanent effects caused by the tumor.

Christian has taken his “disability” and turned it into his ABILITY! He is an amazing boy that puts forth his happiness and positivity in everything he does and with everyone he meets. He loves swimming, playing drums, and riding his bike. In school, and with SAAVI (Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired) he is learning to read and write braille, use his walking cane, and tackle daily life activities. He is not afraid to try or learn new things, and won’t stop until he gets it right! 

Christian continues to have MRIs every 3 months, as well as specialty appointments to monitor treatments for permanent illness caused by the tumor.

Amidst all of these continuous challenges and changes, Christian continues to thrive. He reminds us every day that nothing is impossible as long as we have faith and hope.

Ayden, 5 | B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Ayden is 5 years old and was diagnosed in July 2018 with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, after falling and hurting his leg. Ayden loves to play and watch baseball! He loves dinosaurs and cars! 

Cancer has definitely changed our family, we are not always able to just get up and to do things, our daily routines have changed and we have to remember medicines, masks, and hand sanitizers. Cancer, Steroids, Mercaptopurine, Neutropenia, are all normal words in our household and used among all of our children. 

Cancer has also made us so much more grateful for all that we have and reminds us each day to be thankful for each moment we all have with each other! 

Ayden takes on every day with a smile and he is the strongest person we know. Every day he inspires us to keep on going no matter what life throws our way! 

Gisela, 3 | Rhabdomyosarcoma

The cancer has totally changed our way of seeing life. We could not believe that she has cancer and how strong she’s been through her treatment. She’s full of life and the energy that she has it’s amazing. It has taken a toll on the family but with her energy she really is giving us a lesson in the way we see life.

For my daughter it’s been hard when she has to get admitted to the hospital and not be able to go home. The second hardest moment was when her hair fell off she cried. Thinking about not having hair was very hard could not understand why it’s taking so long to grow back. Getting access for her chemotherapy or procedures.

My daughter loves to play with her toys and dolls and brothers. Playing in the backyard with her brothers and enjoying her swimming pool.

She likes going to Peter Piper Pizza, Chuckee Cheese to play and ride the cars. That’s where she forgets about being sick. 

Her brothers and grandparents mean a lot to her because she knows they are waiting for her at home. She comes home after chemotherapy and forgets about being sick. She gives her grandparents a hug and kiss, shows them what they did to her in the hospital or doctor’s office.

She likes to get in the pool and play with her toys it makes her happy.

Even though she’s tired after her chemotherapy, she’s always happy and smiling. She always has energy to play and say I’m not sick.

She doesn’t like cancer. Her saying is “I’m not sick, I’m ok”.

Yamilet, 4 | Wilms Tumor

Yamilet is an amazing 4 year old girl. In October 19, 2017 we were hit with hard news that she had a cancerous Wilms tumor and would have to go through surgery. Once her surgery was over we discovered that they removed her tumor, right kidney, and appendix. Her Oncologist wanted to make sure everything was completely removed and had her go through 15 rounds of chemotherapy because she had some lymph nodes removed from her chest. With Yamilet only being 2 years old she really didn’t understand what was happening to her. Every time we arrived to the hospital for her chemotherapy, she would say “Mommy I’m getting an owie”, when it was time for them to access her port. After every chemotherapy, she would leave that hospital stronger than ever hardly any symptoms, being so little and not letting “Cancer” destroy her. I admire Yamilet for defeating cancer at such a young age and staying strong the whole time.

Our precious girl has shown us that if she could go through chemotherapy and defeat cancer she can accomplish anything that she wants in this world.

Larry, 58 | Bone Cancer

Larry Chloupek, a Scottsdale resident and childhood cancer survivor broke the Guinness Book of World Records for a 5k using crutches at the CHAMP 5k 2016 Event.   Larry lost his left leg to bone cancer when he was 7 years old, but that never slowed him down!  He is an accomplished runner with several full and half marathons to his credit including the prestigious Boston Marathon.  

Grayson, 17 | Ewing’s Sarcoma

Diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma at the age of 12. Who would have known that this would change our lives forever?  Grayson went thorough 9 months of chemo and 6 weeks of radiation. He would say that the main thing that affected him was the Neulasta shot which put him in pain for around 2-5 hours, otherwise; he was fine going through his cancer treatments.  He likes Rubik’s Cubes, extreme gaming, movies, video editing and Samsung devices. He would like to go to Japan because it is a unique place. He really enjoys virtual reality because you aren’t just on a computer using a keyboard, you can move around in the real world. 

Grayson has been in remission for 4 years.