Family of Ohio Teen Girl with Incurable Cancer Makes Her Wishes on 'I Lived List' Come True
A young girl who has terminal cancer may not have a say on how long she has to live, but her family is fulfilling her heart desires by ticking off one item off her wish list.
Hilliard Davidson High School Student, Leanna Ramirez was diagnosed with brain cancer in March 2017.
The admirable daughter of Mr. John and Mrs. Janet Ramirez created a bucket list of the things to do while fighting the rare tumoral condition.
The teenager had a Cellular Ependymoma at her brain stem, which controlled her central nervous system. She's already undergone two surgeries on her cranium before her bone flap got replaced.
A third surgery is required, but the chances that the operation might commence are slim because of the angle where her crane and brain stem is.
Exactly two years after Leanna's diagnosis of brain cancer, in March 2019, a scan reflected that she was now dealing with brain damage to the hippocampus because of exposure to radiation.
While the little girl faces more chances of memory loss and emotional instability, her radiologist has predicted that in about five years, the young leader in her church youth group has a 50 - 50 chance for her cancer cells to spread internally.
Her family has been very supportive of the girls' team Lacrosse goalie in her condition.
They've maintained a series of treatments using naturopathic methods in an attempt to strengthen her immune system and impede the development of the cancer cells.
Most importantly, they have decided to readjust their focus to their daughter's " I lived List. " The List of wishes was intended to celebrate their daughter, who they deemed a warrior as she fought cancer and tried to live a healthy life.
Sometime last year, after listening to One Republic's " I Lived," Janet Ramirez came up with a workable plan to bring the List to life.
Lee's "list" would not only bring hope to her but would also become a source of motivation for kids and adults alike facing medical conditions such as these or even hardship in their different lives.
A Fundraiser has been set in place by her mom Janet alongside Feel Better Foundation to make Leanna's wishes come true.
Leanna's "I LIVED" legacy included visiting Excarret in Mexico, paying a visit to New Orleans, seeing Niagara Falls, also visiting the Grand Canyon, and some other amusing outings and activities.
So far, donations have started coming in as her parents keep obliging the general public to keep supporting them and their 18-year-old kid.
In an identical situation, a dying man's wish came to pass when his son graduated from high school.
About a year and a half ago, the 49 years old named John Raines, also suffering from brain cancer, was told by his doctors that he had only one year left to live.
The hope for survival lingered on John's thought because he wanted to see his son, Blake, graduate high school. "What parent doesn't want to see it?" he asked in a conversation with CBS News.
Blake was born prematurely, and his parents weren't even sure if he'd live. His mom, Pam Rudolph, arranged with their son's school to move the graduation ceremonies upfront so at least John could witness it before leaving the planet.