K&C - Yasser Farahat, 5, acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL – a blood cancer), Chelsea, with Nahomie Johnson, patient and family education specialist, Jimmy Fund Clinic, Dana-Farber 8-16-17

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Yasser and his family are originally from Dubai but they moved to Boston for treatment. In June 2016, Yasser had a fever and a sore throat. After tests, Yasser’s blood counts were abnormal so doctors sent him to a hematologist. In August, Yasser was diagnosed with ALL. His family decided he should be treated at Dana-Farber because they needed the best treatment for their son and Dana-Farber has one of the highest cure rates. Yasser’s treatment has included chemotherapy and he is now in the maintenance phase of his treatment. Whenever Yasser is at the Clinic, he likes to visit Nahomie in the Resource Room. His hobbies include swimming, horseback riding and playing soccer. He enjoys almost all academic and outdoor activities. Yasser loves animals, talking, singing and dancing. His favorite cartoons are Paw Patrol and Scooby Doo. He is very excited to attend Winship Elementary in September. He currently lives with his mother and his little sister Dima, 2. His father still lives in Dubai for work but comes to visit whenever he can. Yasser will be saying, “Play Ball” to start tonight’s game.

Nahomie Johnson has worked at Dana-Farber for 4 years. She works in the Resource Room at the Jimmy Fund Clinic, where she provides supportive resources for patients and families. Nahomie leads fun activities for patients and their families, too, including cooking classes and arts and crafts. Yasser and Nahomie have a close relationship – he visits her in the Resouce Room everytime he is in the Clinic. They love to play video games, build Legos and have fun making silly faces at one another.

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