Jazee’ Holloway is a 7-year old Anchorage resident. She has an amazing spirit and greets everyone she meets with a smile and hug. She loves and lives her life to the fullest, as best as a 7-year old can. She regularly attends church and helps the younger kids in her bible study group and in Sunday school. Jazee loves her Barbies, singing, dancing baking, and can eat a whole container of strawberries if you let her. She is a wonderful and helpful daughter, who sees the positive in all situations, and is wise beyond her years. Jazee also loves school. In fact, if you ask her what she loves about school, she will say what she always says – “learning”. Above all, Jazee is the very proud “big-sister” of her 6-year old brother Jahlon.
Jazee spent the entire summer of 2017 preparing her and her brother for the school year at their new school. But two days after beginning second grade, she was diagnosed with a pineoblastoma. Pineoblastoma is very aggressive and extremely rare, accounting for less than 1% of all primary brain tumors.
Although Jazee’ has a large support of family and friends in Anchorage, treatment for pineoblastoma is unavailable at her local hospital. On August 29, 2017, Jazee’s care was transferred to Seattle. She had successful brain surgery on September 6, 2017, to remove a very large brain tumor. However, neurosurgeons were unable to remove all of the tumor and instead will rely on proton therapy to shrink the tumor.
Jazee’ is recovering from surgery, and preparing to receive treatment through the end of the year in Seattle. Jazee’s brain tumor developed within months and weeks, and not years. Relocating unexpectedly has placed a financial hardship on the family.