Young Hero is More Than Just A Cancer Survivor

Julia Katharine Alexander is a one-of-a-kind little girl, who is rarely seen without a super bright smile on her face. She's just so full of joy, love, and compassion for others. Everyone who knows her can recall something profound, inspirational, or just plain funny that Julia's shared with them. At home, they are known as "Julia-isms." Regardless of your encounter with this sweet girl, you leave feeling a little warmer and happier inside.


On December 14, 2014, Julia was diagnosed with a Grade II Ependymoma brain tumor. Since then, she has bravely endured three major brain surgeries, five minor surgeries, eight rounds of chemotherapy, and two months of radiation therapy. While she is not considered NED (No Evidence of Disease), the people in her life are so grateful that her tumor remains stable.

With no coaching from her parents, Julia has volunteered for nearly 10 organizations and participated in even more philanthropic activities in the past year. Now with a stable tumor, Julia uses her giving spirit and story of survivorship to help other kids affected by cancer through her role as an Ambassador for the largest private funder of childhood research grants, St. Baldrick's Foundation.

This foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. Government. Senior Director Danielle Leach considers the selection and development of the Ambassadors to be a critical part of the success of the organization. "Every year St Baldrick's picks 5 children as Ambassadors, 4 who have survived and one who has passed," she explains. "We do this in order to represent the actual childhood cancer experience. We take these children to the brink of death in order to survive. While the statistics may say they are surviving, but are they really thriving? That's what we are trying to make happen."

Julia loves her role and the opportunity it allows her to help others. "When I became an Ambassador," she says proudly, "it was the happiest day of my life." Watch as Julia attends their annual "Brave The Shave" head shaving event to help and support volunteer head shavers and other children who are going through treatment. When you see her energy and all the ways that she supports her peers, you too will fall in love with her tremendous spirit of giving.

Information about this organization can be found at: https://www.stbaldricks.org/

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Learn more about Jake at: https://www.facebook.com/JaketheFirePibble/


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Learn more about Norbert at: https://www.norberthood.com/


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Follow Arbor on Facebook here at: Facebook.com/GoVegasDog


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The plan was always to deliver the baby at the birthing center where they had taken classes, where their midwife was based, and after months of routine visits, the place that had become Jenilee's safe space. But the first wrinkle in the schedule was that Antler was late. Jenilee did not go into labor until the night of October 31st, a long, nerve wracking week after she was due.

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As it turned out, the transfer was a big help. Jenilee was taken care of immediately and after a final 4 hours of labor, a happy and healthy Antler arrived to everyone's relief and joy. A standard 24 hours of hospital observation was required, but the happy couple and their newborn were soon headed home. "The moment we really became a family was stepping through that door," Aydian said with a smile. "It was time for Jenilee and I to become real parents and for us to be a family. It was a really magical moment."

Jenilee is thrilled to be home, learning more every day about her baby and how being parents is adding richness to their relationship. "It has brought Aydian and I closer together, seeing each other in a different kind of strength that we haven't witnessed in each other before," she explains.

Watch the many beautiful moments as the couple bond with their new baby and share the joy of being new parents.

OnlyGood TV congratulates Aydian and Jenilee and warmly welcomes Antler to the world. Thanks for allowing us to be part of this amazing journey.

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