Michelle Cruz

Michelle Cruz

How long have you been fighting?

I was diagnosed with cancer on June 13, 2014

Heart and Love

I have two awesome brothers, Daniel and Valentino.


Michelle Cruz at 6 years old was diagnosed with AML in June, 2014.  Presenting symptoms were nose bleeding and unusual bruising.  The doctors said she was fine – then a fever developed and medicines didn’t work.  She complained of pain in her hip. A relative who was a nurse raised even more concern. Michelle’s blood work was not good and she was taken to the emergency room – then to the hospital with concerns about her blood.

On July 2, 2014 Chemo started at the Golisano Children’s Medical Hospital.  She underwent 5 cycles of chemotherapy until 11-10-14.

Christmas Day 2014, Michelle began having trouble with breathing and her heath – not eating.  Weekly appointments were attending to check her blood.  After two months she was not doing well.  We found out her heart was damaged from cancer and chemo treatments.

February 16-28 2015 she had to receive special care for her heart.

December 12th 2015 she presented a fever.  The cancer came back and she was given two more cycles of Chemo treatments until February 2016.   The she was transferred to John Hopkins Children’s hospital in Tampa to get bone marrow transplant.  She was in the hospital for 40 days and then transferred to the Ronald McDonald house in St Pete for several months.

June 17th 2016 Michelle returned home and continues going to clinics for blood work weekly.  She has been getting Chemo at John Hopkins.


Zeke Newberry

Zeke Newbery

How long have you been fighting?

I was diagnosed with a Brain Tumor at age 3

What do you do for Fun?

Zeke enjoys playing baseball


Zeke is such an uplifting and inspirational person, you’d never know he was battling anything, let alone cancer.  He always has a smile on his face and simply enjoys each and every day of life.  Children are amazing cancer  fighters and Zeke is no different – always an inspiration for every person he encounters.

Zeke was diagnosed when he was 3 with a brain tumor. He had surgery which was thought to have removed the tumor but it grew back when he was 5. He underwent a second surgery and is now undergoing chemotherapy to hopefully keep the tumor from ever growing beyond its present size. He has three little sisters and loves to read and learn.

Zeke is doing well overall. He loves kindergarten which has been an answer to prayer and his chemo is going fairly well. He has had one allergic reaction so they are monitoring him to make sure that doesn’t happen again and has had one stretch where his counts were to low to take the chemo. He has 7 rounds of 4 doses left which will take him until early next July if there are no more delays. Definitely appreciate your prayers.


Shannon Ness-Jackson

Shannon Ness-Jackson

How long have you been fighting?

I was diagnosed with cancer on September 11th, 2015.

Heart and Love

Mother of Two: I have two beautiful daughters who keep me quite busy between soccer, volleyball, and track.


I was diagnosed with breast cancer on 9/11/2015 after a negative mammogram just 3 weeks prior.  I discovered the lump with a self exam.  At the time of my diagnoses, my life completely changed.  I turned to a raw, vegan, organic diet and started on  many holistic vitamins and supplements.  I had a lumpectomy on 11/13/15 then took a trip to Mexico to visit a clinic there to start my holistic treatment.  In late December I started feeling some back pain.  In January I became more concerned and asked several doctors to run tests.  From January to May I had many scans and xrays done to try to figure out where the pain was coming from.  Finally in May an MRI showed the lesions on my spine and a petscan 3 days later confirmed that I indeed had bone mets in my spine.  My stage 1 breast cancer had turned into stage four metastatic breast cancer in less than a year.  Doctors now believe my cancer probably had metastasized prior to the original diagnosis.  Currently I am undergoing radiation therapy.


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