Juwhana Holloway, of Saluda, knew that something was not right with her toddler, Jamiah, 2 1/2.
“She was having frequent fevers and throwing up. At first, her doctor thought it was a viral infection. When I noticed a little knot on her side I took her to an urgent care in Batesburg-Leesville,” said Holloway. Jamiah was then taken to the Children’s Emergency Center at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital and a full body CT scan showed a mass pressing on her bowel and kidney.
“Dr. Ron Neuberg told us Jamiah had a stage four Wilms tumor that had metastasized to her lungs. I called my husband, Charles, a law enforcement officer, and told him he needed to get to the hospital immediately,” said Holloway. While the Holloways were considering whether they needed to leave the Midlands for treatment, Dr. Neuberg prayed with them and assured them that Jamiah could be treated with the world’s most current treatment protocols at the Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital.
“Dr. Ron is awesome. But Jamiah wanted nothing to do with him at first,” said Holloway. “Dr. Ron told Jamiah that was fine. She might not like him now, but later on they were going to become good friends. That’s exactly what happened. The entire care team has been awesome. They went above and beyond to make us comfortable even when we were going through a crisis,” said Holloway.
“The Child Life specialists are angels. They will do anything to take the stress off the child and family,” said Holloway.
Jamiah had her last treatment in June 2009 and now participates in the Transition Recovery After Cancer Therapy (TRACE) clinic once a year. An 11-year-old who will attend Saluda Middle School, Jamiah loves ballet, lyrical dance and jazz. “She’s our dancing diva. Dancing is her gift. She has talked about being a dance teacher when she grows up,” said Holloway. Jamiah also loves reading, watching wrestling on TV and loves her cat, Sam.
Jamiah has been attending CAMP KEMO since she was five. She took a sibling the first two years and is excited about seeing her friends there this month. “Jamiah is especially close with a girl who was in chemotherapy treatment with her. They have a bond that can never be broken and the only time they see each other is the week of CAMP KEMO. They pick up like best friends who have never been apart,” said Holloway.
CAMP KEMO is June 12-17 at River Oaks Retreat in Honea Path. CAMP KEMO is funded by donations. One way to donate is directly through CAMP KEMO’s site, campsite.palmettohealth.org.