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Our Kids

 

Sammi-Jo MacKenzie James (Age 13)
2019 Children’s Miracle Network Champion

At two and a half, Sammi-Jo was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. Her health care journey was only just beginning. Each and every day, Sammi-Jo takes special medications and has to undergo chest physiotherapy. Now at 13, she is very well know at the Janeway, from the fourth floor medical staff to the first flooy physiotherapy team. She adores each and every one of her caregivers, and the feelings are mutual.

Sammi-Jo is very close to her younger brother Morgan, and loves to spend time with him and her family and friends, learning about their Native culture. Shy at first, but sweet and gentle, Sammi-Jo always wears a smile, even when she is not feeling 100%.

Sammi-Jo is so thankful to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador who support the Janeway. She knows that they are helping her and her many Janeway friends to get the best care. And as she says, “that is the most important thing.”

 

 Kaleb Slaney (Age 7)
2019 Janeway Telethon Miracle Kid

When three-year-old Kaleb Slaney was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (B-Cell) in July 2015, it was clear to Janeway staff that cancer had picked the wrong kid to mess with.

Chatty, hilarious, and always determined, Kaleb was a constant delight to the Janeway staff, coming up with the most ingenious ideas to keep himself busy during his chemotherapy treatments, which often involved the staff.

Outside Medical Day Care is a mural dedicated to Kaleb by his family. When he rang the bell after his last treatment, he saw this mural for the first time. It shows a very life-like depiction of Kaleb dressed as a Knight in Armour, highlighting his strength, determination and courage – characteristics shown by so many of our Janeway kids.

Now in remission, Kaleb continues to visit his friends in Medical Day Care for his blood work and check-ups. And, as always, there is never a dull moment when Kaleb is at the Janeway.

 

Ravyn Turpin (Age 4)
2019 Janeway Telethon Miracle Kid

Though only four years old, Ravyn has already spent more time in the Janeway than most kids ever will.

Born with Down Syndrome, Ravyn spent the first month of her life being cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Ravyn is followed by the down syndrome team as well as several Janeway departments including cardiology, ophthalmology; physiotherapy, speech language therapy and audiology, just to name a few.

But despite all that she has had to deal with, Ravyn still has the brightest smile on her face every time she walks into a room at the Janeway. She is always delighted to see her caregivers, whose dedication will help ensure that Ravyn grows and develops to her full potential.

Her beautiful smile, her absolute joy and her pink glasses are certainly a familiar, welcome sight at the Janeway.