In 1998, at 2-1/2 years old, Justin was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer. Justin was an energetic little boy that didn't let his diseases get in his way of having fun. In many ways he was your typical toddler, running around, getting into trouble and testing everybody's limits. On the other hand, his life was anything but typical. He was constantly in and out of the hospital, many times spending holidays and other occasions there. He got to know doctors, nurses and social workers as though they were his preschool teachers.
Justin was doing well during his treatment, but still had a way to go and was on his way to recovering, when his doctors discovered he had Leukemia. He was immediately put on chemo and steroids and scheduled for another bone marrow transplant.
Sadly, on October 30th, 1999, at the age of 3-1/2, Justin died; his little body just couldn't take any more punishment. It was decided then to keep his spirit alive through his foundation, to help others that are experiencing similar situations. And through his foundation, Justin is still touching people's lives, helping many children and families facing this horrible disease, and that's why he is, and always will be my hero.
Submitted by Anonymous
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