Meet the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Girl of the Year, Jocelyn Croxen
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – In 2021, KUSI’s Lauren Phinney is nominated as Woman of the Year for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and she is raising money and awareness to end blood cancer. As part of her campaign, she got the opportunity to meet the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Girl of the Year, 9-year-old Jocelyn Croxen.
Jocelyn is still fighting her leukemia, but she’s using superhero strength to win her battle.
Jocelyn was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in September of 2019, with very few signs that would point to cancer. Her mom, Tracy, says you would never know other than that she had a lymph node swollen on the side of her neck.
Originally, Jocelyn was misdiagnosed and her mom, Tracy urges others to trust their guy when things don’t add up. Tracy said, “I think people forget doctors are human and things get missed, if people don’t advocate, for her, she (Jocelyn) might not be here.”
Almost two years to the day before Jocelyn’s diagnosis, Tracy was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Getting a second cancer diagnosis in the family with Jocelyn, was the last thing they expected.
Brian Croxen, says that’s why their a superhero attitude helps kick cancers butt.
After the start of Jocelyn’s treatment, there was a frightening set back, Jocelyn was experiencing side effects that got to be so unbearable doctors needed to find out why. Doctors then said she wasn’t properly metabolizing her oral chemo, which meant a new treatment plan and more extended hospital visits.
When Jocelyn isn’t in the hospital, she loves to do art, play soccer, and take part in activities with her Girl Scout troop, but her favorite activity is probably playing with her crime-fighting dog, Sally.
Jocelyn still has several months of treatment ahead of her, but like any good superhero, she’s focused on the finish line, which doctors say could be January 2022.
Phinney first met the Croxen family back in February, and says they are in fact, a family of superheroes.
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