"Having cancer was not really fun; it sucked. It was scary because I didn't know if I was going to die because people die from cancer.
I missed out on stuff like learning to skate and rollerblad, and I missed a lot of school. I couldn't see my friends, and my family had to work hard to keep me safe. I couldn't be a normal kid, and that made me sad." - Joey
Joey's story isn't just a cancer story. At four years old, he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. But, unfortunately, more difficult times were to come for this young boy and his family.
A few weeks into Joey's treatment, his mother passed away unexpectedly. Three days after her funeral, Joey had a 12 hour day of treatment at the hospital. Cancer didn't stop just because their lives had turned upside down.
Children's Hospital became like a second family, going above and beyond any time Joey was in for an admission or treatment days.
Over the next three and a half years, Joey endured tough treatment sessions. During these difficult times, he never stopped smiling, never stopped joking and definitely never stopped pranking!
Today, Joey has kicked cancer's butt thanks to the care at Children's.