Julia Drummond has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) but you’d never guess it; all you would see is a jubilant child who smiles all day long and isn’t afraid to tell you if you smell or not after rigorous physical activity. Julia, now four, was diagnosed with ALL last June.
“It’s definitely gotten us thinking and doing more than enough worrying,” said her mother, Liz Russel Drummond. “But it has strengthened us as a family and as individuals.”
Julia is facing a very tough situation but she stays positive. In fact, she’s the very definition of positive. She remarked, “I’m glad I have cancer, if I didn’t, we wouldn’t know all these people who are praying for me.”
She is a very active and precocious child; she picks up on adult conversations with almost unsettling ease, and has even told her own nurse how to do her job. The nurse in question put on the wrong hospital tag, when she needed one to denote that Julia had allergies. “I get a red tag because I have allergies!” she told the nurse. She plays both Hockey and Soccer, swims, wants to participate in even more activities, and, miraculously, has more energy than other children, despite her situation.
What does Julia want to do when she gets older? She wants to be a doctor so she can cure…constipation. The medicine she takes cause considerable problems for her regularity so she wants to cure it. “I wanna be a doctor to cure constipation, cancer comes next,” she told her mother.
She’s something of a celebrity and it’s not hard to see why. She has a wonderful outlook on life, an indomitable spirit, and a sense of humor to envy. Follow the link to see her in a promotional video for the Leukimia & Lymphoma Society (she appears at the 20-second mark).
Julia and her family attended last year’s Sunday Night Lights and have plans to do so again this year. So please, come to the event and give your support to this little whirlwind of energy and charm, along with all the other participants and guests.