(Shaun Friedrichsen, Publisher)
Many people gathered at Meridian High School on Sunday to show support for Jasmine Daniels, who is battling a rare bone cancer.
Tabitha Hansen, Jasmine’s mother, explained that the benefit is a way to help raise funds in order to help with the medical bills that Jasmine is facing.
“It’s a benefit to help raise money to defer some of the medical expenses that we’re incurring due to Jasmine receiving chemotherapy up at UNMC in Omaha,” said Hansen. “She has Ewing Sarcoma, which is a rare form of bone cancer.”
Hansen explained that Jasmine, who will turn 16 in February, normally attends Meridian High School, although this year things will be slightly different because of the treatment.
“She’ll be a sophomore, but she won’t be able to attend school,” Hansen said. “We’ll have to do what they call ‘home-bound services’ for her.”
There was a great turnout to the benefit on Sunday, Hansen believes. She noted that the support is beneficial, and helps to keep Jasmine going. For those who would like to donate to help Jasmine, Hansen explained that there are a couple of different ways to do so.
“I think it’s been a really great turnout,” said Hansen. “There’s been a lot of people coming. People who weren’t able to make it can make donations at the Jefferson County Bank here in Daykin. We’re also selling t-shirts and bracelets.”
Hansen explained that the doctors were able to detect the cancer before it spread any further. Jasmine will continue to undergo therapy.
“It has already shrunk as of now,” said Hansen. “We’re looking at doing surgery in September, and that’s when they’ll either do radiation or they will do radiation and surgery. Either way, they’re going to have to do surgery to remove the mass and possibly her fibula.”
Hansen emphasized just how important it is to visit the doctor regularly and when things are abnormal to be screened for cancer because that is what helped to catch Jasmine’s Ewing Sarcoma.
“It started as what we thought to be a sports injury from track,” Hansen said. “They did a CT scan and discovered a mass in her leg. If you don’t think that it’s right, definitely have it checked, because there’s no other signs or symptoms of this form of bone cancer. It presents as a sports injury. If you don’t catch it soon enough, it spreads to the lungs.”