A group of Ponoka medical professionals pose in special t-shirts purchased to support a 12 year-old girl in Ontario that is fighting cancer. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

Ponoka nurses show support for young cancer patient

Tough journey by 12 year old with brain cancer gets support from local nurses

It may be just a small gesture, but some Ponoka nurses and other hospital staff just want a girl to know they are pulling for her.

Kenisha Whelan, a nurse in Ponoka, has enlisted numerous other nurses along with doctors and others at the Ponoka hospital to show support for a 12 year-old relative in Ontario that is in a huge battle.

Bria Roo was diagnosed with an inoperable cancerous brain tumor back in October and then began a series of weekly chemotherapy treatments in December.

“Each Friday, Bria and the family travels a couple hours to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa,” Whelan said.

“She has about 60 treatments left now and has been getting a lot of support, including from the Prime Minister.”

Whelan felt it was important for her to show support and many of her nurse colleagues along with some doctors and other staff have donated $20 each for some special Team Bria t-shirts to help out.

“It’s been incredible to see how many people Bria has touched,” Whelan added.

“This picture and others sent on each Friday are at least a little something to show her that she isn’t alone in this fight.”

To show support and to follow along with Bria’s journey, check in with https://teambria.com/about-bria-and-her-journey.

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