Cancer inspires Valley teen Jazzy Ramos to find new passion

PHOENIX - Life was all about being on stage for Jazzy Ramos who had been dancing competitively since she was three years old.

"I did tap, jazz, lyrical, and ballet," said Jazzy.

Jazzy never imagined doing anything else, until a knee injury in 2008 put her dancing dreams on hold. Jazzy's knee was throbbing with pain and hot to the touch. Her mom Bernadette immediately rushed her to the emergency room where Jazzy got an X-ray.

"It showed that I had a tumor. I couldn't believe it. I didn't really understand what it was at the time," said Jazzy.

Jazzy was diagnosed with bone cancer and underwent numerous chemotherapy treatments. She ultimately underwent surgery to remove all of the cancer. Her tibia was removed and replaced with a steel rod that has been replaced several times. She has since been unable to dance and now wears a leg brace to help support her.

"I can't dance anymore, so I had to find something else to do. That's when Phoenix Children's Hospital called me and said they want me to tell my story," said Jazzy.

Jazzy now speaks publicly about her experience to inspire other children diagnosed with cancer.

She still has frequent cancer screenings at Phoenix Children's Hospital to make sure her cancer does not come back.

In April of 2012, doctors removed two cancerous tumors from Jazzy's right lung. Since then, Jazzy has been cancer-free and plans on pursuing a career in journalism to spread awareness for childhood cancer.

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