Our Champions

Here are just a few of the patients supported by the services at Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center's Champions.

Bela Perez

Bela Perez was born July 5, 2012 after her mother had a normal and healthy pregnancy. At two days old Bela was kept in the hospital because she had not urinated yet. After inserting a catheter and getting a urine and blood sample, it was discovered that her platelet count was low. She was in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for one month while doctors ran a series of tests and Bela's health went from bad to worse.

She was diagnosed at close to one month of age with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. She began her first of four chemotherapy treatments right away. During round one she ended up on oxygen and spent more than one week in Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Her third round was also especially difficult but not as bad as the first. She did get to come home for two weeks between rounds two and three and between rounds three and four. After spending her first seven months of life in the hospital, Bela finally came home for good, cancer free! We fell in love with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, especially the staff on the Hematology/Oncology floor and will be forever grateful to God for Bela's health.


Aidan Sears

Aidan is an energetic and social 10-year-old boy doing well in the fourth grade. He loves to play games of all kinds, from chess to imaginative video games. He likes to be outside with friends, play his guitar, and read. At the age of 4 he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). He bravely endured 3 years and 2 months of extensive Chemotherapy treatment at Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center (JJCCC) at Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach.  

At JJCCC, his entire family's needs were addressed at the time of diagnosis. The multidisciplinary team discussed treatment and tirelessly answered their questions. Aidan developed engaging friendships with the Child Life specialists as well as the physicians & nurses, and he actually looked forward to outpatient treatment days. His family is proud to say that is now cancer-free! Your support in the Tour of Long Beach is helping support thousands of patients, like Aidan, receive the best pediatric care. Thank you for your support.



Danny Sweeney

Danny is 20 years old and graduated with honors in 2011 from Wilson High School in Long Beach. He was accepted to several universities after high school and has finished his first semester at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. When he comes home to visit, he still loves to stop in at his former job at Rossmoor Pastries and surfs whenever he can. He loves to play sports and cheer for his favorite team - the Los Angeles Angels. 


It has been three years (May 25, 2010) since his diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and 17 months since his Bone Marrow Transplant. At the Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center, leukemia has greater than 85% survival rate thanks to extensive research efforts. Danny is now in remission and doing great!