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Jessica Bookwalter loves playing checkers, singing along to the “Frozen” soundtrack, and the color orange.
From the outside, her day looks like that of a typical 5 year old – go to preschool, play, take a nap, then come home and help her family cook dinner. But mixed into her routine are medications with breakfast, chemotherapy treatments and regular MRIs.
When she was 4, doctors diagnosed the Pennsylvania child with a brain tumor after she experienced headaches and blurred vision, says her mother, Michelle.
“It’s not an illness you can see,” Michelle says. “People don’t realize there are battles that you just don’t know about. They have to be aware that these children are fighting every day.”
Michelle is proud of her daughter for being strong and accepting the help of others. Jessica even helps her nurse set up her chemotherapy treatment.
“She gets tired and sick a lot, but she keeps moving forward,” Michelle says. “The spark in her eyes remains bright. Stars can't shine without darkness.”
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