Good Hood Club

The Jamie Crew

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**Please note: this item is listed as a pre-order. Pre-orders can be expected to be shipped in the next 2-4 weeks. Pre-orders will be open from now until Wednesday, August 11th at 5:00PM.

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The Jamie Crew is named in honour of POGO ambassador, Jamie.

Until the age of 11, most people could not tell Jamie apart from his identical twin brother, Ben. Then he was diagnosed was acute myelogenous leukemia. The doctors said his best chance of survival was with chemotherapy, total body radiation and a bone marrow transplant. His odds were still only 55%. He had two unsuccessful bone marrow transplants before they tried an experimental treatment called lymphocyte donor transfusion. Jamie has now been in remission for over 20 years.

“The amount of school I missed, combined with the radiation to my brain, set me back academically. A few months into grade 9, I developed cataracts, and due to my loss in vision I had to really struggle to complete assignments. I ended up spending two extra years in high school and it felt like I was being left behind by my friends and my brother. It was like I was stuck in time, which was made worse by my physical developments or lack thereof. While my brother continued to have growth spurt after growth spurt, I slowly grew a few inches at a time and stopped growing once I hit 5’3 and 100 lbs. Although my stunted growth did not affect me academically, it greatly lowered my self-confidence. Now I have two degrees, with honours. Even after this incredible achievement, I still had doubts. At my lowest point, I reached out for help during my yearly checkup and was referred to a POGO counsellor. With her support, I have been able to upgrade my skills, identify and apply for appropriate jobs and even get called in for interviews. My confidence has skyrocketed.” - Jamie

Survivors of childhood cancer in Ontario have lifelong access to a POGO AfterCare clinic that knows their history and monitors their health for things that might arise due to the cancer or the treatment they had. POGO school and work counsellors help survivors get the accommodations they need to finish high school and move on to post-secondary or university.

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