Levi, Dancer and Cancer Fighter, Keeps Positive Outlook

Levi, Dancer and Cancer Fighter

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and all month we’ll be sharing stories about our patients and providers. 

This week, Jessica Ervin shares the story of her 1-year-old son, Levi, who was born at Women’s and Children’s Hospital. He was a preemie — born at 25 weeks — and spent 106 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Around his first birthday, Levi started showing signs of illness and was diagnosed with Stage 3 hepatoblastoma (liver cancer).

Jessica said the staff at Children’s Hospital has been wonderful with her “sweet, lovable little boy.” Levi, who is still receiving treatment at the hospital, loves to play and dance to music, and he feels at home with the staff that treat him, she said.

“I always felt comfort that Levi was where he needed to be and was in great hands,” Jessica said.

LeAnn Reeder, a Child Life Specialist at Children’s Hospital, said it took a while for Levi to warm up to the staff during his treatments, but he is “so fun and interactive” now.

“Levi is a very smiling and engaging young man,” LeAnn said. He is really becoming quite a charmer, and both Levi and his family are warm and such a joy to engage with during their visits.”

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