How the Maynard Children’s Hospital is helping a teen fight cancer

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) – This weekend brings our 36th Annual Children’s Miracle Network Telethon to benefit Maynard Children’s Hospital in Greenville.

Over the years we have brought you countless stories of the children’s lives changed by the tireless efforts of the hospital staff.

So is 16-year-old Monai Walker who has been battling a rare form of cancer for more than a year.

“It really started on May 13, when I finally went to the hospital because I had a lot of back pain and nausea and I thought it was because I slept wrong on my back,” Walker explains.

But her trip to that hospital would lead to her being sent to Vidant and Maynard Children’s Hospital, where Monai underwent numerous tests and scans, and eventually Monai and her mother Morgan heard the news that no one ever wants to hear, it was cancer.

Her diagnosis was of a rare cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. “When they told me it was still hard for me to understand because not my child as a parent you never think your child would be one of those who has cancer,” said Monai’s mother, Morgan Watkins.

Monai began undergoing treatment for her cancer, including chemotherapy and radiation. But beyond the life-saving treatment, Monai says the children’s hospital has delivered a lot more.

“I have a special bond with every nurse and every doctor and it’s just the bond they have with their patients, it’s like they love their job and it makes you feel a lot more comfortable being there,” Walker said.

One of those special ties is with Nurse Keanna Baker, who has been caring for Monai for over a year now.

Baker says Monai has become a very important patient to her and that she always makes time to see, even if she isn’t directly caring for the teen that day.

“She always has a smile on her face, no matter if she can feel really sick or sick, throw up, anything under the sun, and she will still manage to keep that pretty face, her smile, her laugh have,” explains Baker. .

Monai says she has managed to stay positive thanks to her mother and with the help of the nurses and doctors who care for her.

Monai is still undergoing treatment to fight her cancer, but is making great strides toward remission.

You can help keep miracles like Monai’s happening by tuning in and making a pledge this Sunday during our Children’s Miracle Network telethon.

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