The Heartbreak of Pediatric Cancer: Parents Share their Pictures and Stories

Raina Javeja: A toddler who is full of life

It is important to keep in mind that pediatric cancer does not define the children who have it, nor do they want it as an identifier. Take Raina Ranveja, for instance: she was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of two, but there is so much more to her than this disease. She is shy, but if one is willing to be patient enough for her to open up, she will show such affection and trust. Those who have met her have described her eyes as incredibly expressive and her laugh infectious, and her battle with cancer has done nothing to diminish her energetic personality.

Treatment has been difficult, as the radiation and chemotherapy she received weakened her immunity, resulting in multiple infections that kept her in the hospital for six weeks. However, Raina continues to fight and is doing much better now. With each passing day, she puts more distance between herself and leukemia.

Photo: Raina Javeja