Mia Rose, the youngest daughter of April and Zach Jester, was diagnosed with cancer on February 27. The journey began in November when Mia and her family began making trips from their home in
Instructed by her pediatrician, Mia began physical therapy when she was 10 months old to help with her developmental progression. After six months of therapy, Mia took her first steps in January. Despite her achievement, the pediatrician still felt that her overall development was behind considering her lack of speech and unexplained insomnia. Because of the pediatrician’s suspicion of autism or other social syndrome, Mia was referred to a neurologist.
Having found what appeared to be a mass on her brain, Mia was referred to a neurosurgeon at Duke. After having a second MRI and some speculation over the original mass, the neurosurgeon and his team of radiologist found another spot in the bones of Mia’s skull, not on the brain as original suspected. The family was immediately contacted and advised that Mia needed to be hospitalized as soon as possible for additional tests. The second mass raised the probability of cancer.
Two days of testing at Duke turned into 10 long days filled with worry and uncertainty for Mia and her family. Unfortunately, Mia’s diagnosis brought them no relief. At 17 months old, Mia was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma cancer. The cancer began in the adrenal glands above her left kidney and then spread to her skull and spine.
Mia has begun her chemotherapy and other treatments. She will undergo very aggressive rounds of chemo every 21 days. The plan is for Mia to have 16 days at home and be admitted to the hospital five days for treatment. The family will be traveling between
Mia’s diagnosis can be described as nothing less than a tragedy. Childhood cancer is a burden of many sorts, but none more than a burden of the heart. If you are able to help ease the family’s burden, an account at Bank of America in
Mia Rose Jester was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma cancer at age 17 months. Mia’s is the fifth Survivor Story of the 2013 Relay Season.
The Relay For Life of Pender County Survivor Dinner will be held on April 27 beginning at 5 p.m. at
Survivors are encouraged to sign up for the Relay’s Survivor Lap. To register, visit relayforlife.org/pendernc or contact Stephanie Ottaway at 910-470-3603 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Survivors are also invited to the dinner.