As an infant, Julie Nunn was a bright-eyed, precocious little girl who thrived on being around her big brother and sister and playing with stuffed animals. At her regular nine-month wellness checkup, Julies doctor noticed her abdomen felt firm to the touch. Comprehensive testing confirmed the doctors suspicions – Julie was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma, a rare, malignant cancer affecting children and infants.
In the months leading up to her surgery, Julie endured four chemotherapy treatments. She underwent a fifth round of chemotherapy after her surgery in November 2000. In February 2001, Julies doctor declared her cancer-free. At each annual exam since that diagnosis, her doctor has delivered the wonderful news that her remission continues.
Today, Julie is a vibrant, energetic seven-year-old who loves sports, reading, and playing with her friends. Her garden is a light-hearted place that is full of life, and a bit girly. Julie loves butterflies, and has included Lantana to attract them to her garden.
She hopes her experience teaches others that cancer can happen to anyone – even to a baby. Julie and her family believe that faith is the only thing you can count on when life takes a turn in an unforeseen direction. They also believe, and have proven, that when you surround yourself with positive people in a positive environment, great things can happen.