Year brings back brightness to boy's life

Aaron Krause • Jul 14, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Twelve-year-old JJ Weisenberger sat back in a chair with his arms loose and spoke confidently, with a quiet calm in his voice.

It's a voice that conveyed a soft, but resilient strength that made you want to join JJ's Journey, a facebook page for family, friends and supporters.

Recently, tests revealed the advanced cancer that had invaded his body more than a year ago was gone. He's in remission.

But during an interview Friday at the Norwalk Relay for Life, the incoming Western Reserve seventh grader's mother, Holly, said his next scan is approaching.

Although he's cancer free, Weisenberger, who was diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma, must be scanned every three months for the first year after the news about his remission. Weisenberger also must visit his oncologist once a month for the first year. After those 12 months, visits and tests become more spread out, said his mother, Holly.

Since there's no cure for cancer, she said he'll always have to follow up occasionally with his oncologist.

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