Jillian’s Story

One day 11-year-old Jillian was playing basketball, and only a few days later she got the worse news of her life. While things changed drastically in the days between, one thing didn’t. This little girl has a smile and giggle that outshines any difficult challenge.

It started with a fall at a basketball game. Over the next couple days, the pain in Jillian’s leg worsened. Concerned, her mom took her to a local Nationwide Children’s Urgent Care.  The x-rays looked suspicious and so an MRI was scheduled for a few days later – Monday. On Tuesday a biopsy was performed. By Friday, Jillian began treatment for osteosarcoma – a rare type of bone cancer.

“Within a week of noticing a change we were full-fledged into getting her healthy,” says Jillian’s mom, Julia.

“My doctors and nurses are really awesome,” adds Jillian.

Jillian’s treatment included regular hospital stays to receive chemotherapy and surgery for removal of the cancerous tumor and bone. Her femur needed to be nearly cut in half and her knee totally replaced. After 8 months of intensive treatment, a happy Jillian got to “ring the bell” – a celebratory tradition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for kids who complete their cancer treatment. Now, Jillian wants to make sure other kids like her get to ring the bell too.

“You hope and you wish that more than 4% (of funding) went to childhood cancer research. And then you look for a way to change that. Going forward that is what we are looking for – how to make the changes,” says Jillian’s mom.

“I think there is going to be a cure sometime,” says Jillian.

We do, too. Every day our doctors and scientists are making strides in cancer research, and redefining pediatric health care with best outcomes for every child in mind. Children with amazing smiles and giggles like Jillian

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  • Name: Jillian R.Jillian Ripley
  • Condition(s): Cancer, Osteosarcoma
  • Age Today: 02/03/200514 Years

One day 11-year-old Jillian was playing basketball, and only a few days later she got the worse news of her life. While things changed drastically in the days between, one thing didn’t. This little girl has a smile and giggle that outshines any difficult challenge.

It started with a fall at a basketball game. Over the next couple days, the pain in Jillian’s leg worsened. Concerned, her mom took her to a local Nationwide Children’s Urgent Care.  The x-rays looked suspicious and so an MRI was scheduled for a few days later – Monday. On Tuesday a biopsy was performed. By Friday, Jillian began treatment for osteosarcoma – a rare type of bone cancer.

“Within a week of noticing a change we were full-fledged into getting her healthy,” says Jillian’s mom, Julia.

“My doctors and nurses are really awesome,” adds Jillian.

Jillian’s treatment included regular hospital stays to receive chemotherapy and surgery for removal of the cancerous tumor and bone. Her femur needed to be nearly cut in half and her knee totally replaced. After 8 months of intensive treatment, a happy Jillian got to “ring the bell” – a celebratory tradition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for kids who complete their cancer treatment. Now, Jillian wants to make sure other kids like her get to ring the bell too.

“You hope and you wish that more than 4% (of funding) went to childhood cancer research. And then you look for a way to change that. Going forward that is what we are looking for – how to make the changes,” says Jillian’s mom.

“I think there is going to be a cure sometime,” says Jillian.

We do, too. Every day our doctors and scientists are making strides in cancer research, and redefining pediatric health care with best outcomes for every child in mind. Children with amazing smiles and giggles like Jillian

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