'LIVE YOUR LIFE IN A POSITIVE WAY' SAYS 14-YEAR-OLD SUPER-GIRL JADYN SCHILL 8/8/2017 5:03:17 PM
Jadyn Schill is a 14-year-old girl known as the 'most irradiated child in Canada' by the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, where she is referred to as 'Super-Girl' after being treated there for cancer for nearly a decade. Despite this, she remains positive about her future.
First diagnosed 9 years ago, her mom took her to the hospital when she lost movement in the left side of her face. She was first diagnosed with Bell's Palsy, but after an MRI, a tumour was found. She was diagnosed with Ependymoma, a rare brain cancer.
Jadyn -- a native of Mount Albert, northeast of Newmarket -- recently underwent Gamma Knife surgery, which uses HSA Cobalt similar to what will be harvested from Bruce Power's reactors next year.
The Gamma Knife uses gamma radiation to focus 200 microscopic beams of radiation on a tumour or other target. Although each individual beam has little effect on the brain tissue surrounding the tumour, where the beam intersects, a strong dose of radiation is delivered to the site, minimizing damage to healthy tissue and lowering side effects compared to traditional therapy in some cases.
Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power's President and CEO, presented Jadyn and her mom Christie with a cheque for $5000 for the Princess Margaret Foundation's Pediatric Department at a presentation held yesterday (Tuesday) at Bruce Power.