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Christina WhiteheadChristina was born in Liberia on December 25, 1998. She was adopted by our family and came to the United States on April 28, 2001. Christina lives with her mother and is surrounded by big brothers. Christina is extremely social and fun loving. She is in the 10th grade at Kutzown Area High School. She is in the chorus, on the yearbook committee and on the high school dance team. This summer she had the great experience of participating in the Teen Leadership Program and Dragonfly Forest.

Ariana rosaAriana was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in September 2013. In October 2014 she celebrated her 17th birthday and one year in remission. Ariana is the eldest of 5 with 3 sisters and a baby brother. She is a junior at Dieruff HS where she is also the co-captain of the dance team. In addition to dancing, Ariana also enjoys writing poems and songs.

Bobby DiGiacomoBobby DiGiacomo is an energetic, 6 year old boy whose world changed dramatically when he was diagnosed with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia on March 12, 2014. He will receive treatment until June of 2017. Through the arduous treatment process he attends school regularly, and has remained positive and strong. Bobby has always loved superheroes and now he has truly become one!

Bradley HeaterOur lives were changed forever on Jan. 29th 2014 when our son Bradley Heater was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) at 2 years old. He was diagnosed as a high risk patient and then jumped to the very high risk treatment because he didn't meet remission when they expected him to. But here we are now 10 months later and he amazes us every single day with his strength, bravery and courage. He is in remission since June 2014 and we put our faith in God to keep this monster away forever. He loves trucks, cars, planes and trains, just like any other boy does, but what he loves the most is to play with his favorite person in the whole world, his sister Emma. She is only 7 years old and was and is very affected by this situation, be we try not to let this disease take these beautiful years away form him and from her. Mommy and Daddy are always by his side together for every finger poke, every chemo therapy, spinal taps, and biopsies. We are very fortunate to have so many people pulling together for us and we are so thankful because they give us the gift of us being able to be with our son for everything. We are looking forward to the light at the end of the tunnel on May 28, 2017. That will be Bradley's last chemotherapy of his almost three and a half years of treatment. Thank you for your support.

Derek Graffis - "Camp Flip Flop"Derek Graffis of Bethlehem, PA was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2008, and passed away in December 2010 at the age of 21. Derek loved the beaches of New Jersey, and Angel 34 supports his memory by providing a camp in Derek’s Name - “Derek’s Camp Flip Flop.” The camp for children battling cancer and their families is provided for free and includes housing and access to the many amazing attractions of the Jersey Shore. Derek's dream was to help bring NORMALCY and HOPE to Children and Their Families. Learn more about Camp Flip Flop.

Sophia KriegerSophis was diagnosed with cancer in December 2014. After a few days with a fever and a series of bloody noses that go progressively worse, we rushed Sophia to Lehigh Valley Hospital with a high fever, bruising, and petechiae. Testing revealed she had acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and the doctors explained the treatment protocol and her prognosis based on her age and condition.

Complications are always a possibility while taking chemotherapy drugs that suppress the immune system. A minor infection that a healthy person can fight off can become a major life threatening infection in a patient that is neutropenic, or unable to fight infection.

Sophia's treatment was progressing without incident until 7 months into treatment whens he developed a complication from a buildup of ammonia in her body from one of the chemo drugs. This scary episode was evidence of the dangers of the chemo drugs themselves that are administered as a necessary part of the current treatment protocols.

A month later, she again had complications when one of the chemo drugs started to cause liver failure. This complication resulted in a transfer to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) where an experimental drug in clinical trials was available. The drug called Defibrotide reversed the damaging side effects of the chemo drug that caused the liver damage.

Fortunately, she was able to recover from the episode and enter the maintenance phase of treatment which will last for another year and a half. Our experience reaffirms the need for continued research on new methods of cancer treatment which will minimize the complications and damaging side effects of chemotherapy.

Jader RestrepoOn the 26th of November in 1996, my mother Adrienne Restrepom gave birth to me. She is a fabulous and beautiful queen of a mother. My father, Jader Restrepo, is a great advisor to his son. I was further blessed with a brother in the year of 1999. Life was and is great! When I was 16 I started to get headaches that would turn into migraines. It started in late October and continued to get worse until December when my doctors diagnosed me with a tumor in my head, after receiving an MRI. I went into surgery, performed by Neurosurgeon Dr. Li. He couldn't remove all of the tumor for the fear of damaging some important glands in the brain. I will need another surgery later on to remove the remaining tumor. I know in my heart that I am healed in my Lord, Jesus Christ's name. Keep my family in your prayer. God bless to you all.

JaylaJayla was just 3 when she was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) on June 17, 2013. Within this time she has endured so many hardships but she continues to fight back. Not only that, ALL hasn't stopped her from playing dress up in her favorite princess clothes, watching her favorite TV shows such as Peppa Pig, Doc McStuffins, and LalaLoopsy. Nor has it stopped Jayla from wanted to experience doing things that kids her age are experiencing. Being diagnosed with cancer is a tough pill to swallow, so having the support of her mom makes the process a little easier. Now here she is a whole year later, stronger than ever and as feisty as she wants to be.

Libario ObeidLibario Obeid was diagnosed with a Stage IV Mediastinal tumor in his chest in the summer of 2012 going into his freshman year of college. He loves to spend time with his family, especially his little sister Celine. He is also very passionate about playing and coaching tennis. Some of his hobbies are playing basketball, swimming, hanging out with friends, playing the piano and drums and watching sports. He is a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kyrie Irving is his favorite player.

Operation Gold SnowflakeEach holiday season, Angel 34 helps brighten the days of children in local children's hospitals. It's a great feeling to see their faces light up when Santa visits them and brings them toys and gifts from our generous donors. We also throw a party at Angel Field and invite everyone involved in helping our cause, because every child deserves an angel.

Maribel RomosMaribel is a beautiful young lady whose smile can light up any room she is in!! Maribel loves her family and enjoys being with her friends at school. She loves music and movies. She receives treatment for her sikle cell disease at Pediatric Specialty Care at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Even on her most difficult days, her inner strength comes through in her smile!!