Victoria, a 16-year-old girl from Sparks diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia, was granted her wish to visit the Royal College of Surgeons of England by Make-A-Wish Northeastern California and Northern Nevada and Renown Children’s Hospital.
Like many girls her age, 16-year-old Victoria enjoys Disney movies, texting her friends and Taylor Swift, but her passions go far beyond that into the world of medicine. Her favorite class in school? Medical terminology. Among her favorite animals? Leeches.
Diagnosed with a rare type of leukemia in late November 2015, Victoria wants to become a pediatric hematologist oncologist and has always dreamed of visiting the Royal College to see the famous Two-Headed Boy of Bengal skull and other rare medical artifacts. Renown Children’s Hospital and Make-A-Wish were honored to make Victoria’s dream a reality.
The teen has been fascinated with medicine as long as she can remember, and aspired to become a pediatric hematologist oncologist long before she was diagnosed herself. Why?
“I want to help kids, I want to make them feel better and heal,” Victoria says.
Even at the young age of 16 she is moving closer to that goal. Victoria has already won bronze and gold awards in competitions for future doctors and nurses and regularly shadows care providers at Renown Regional Medical Center.
Victoria has completed treatment, which has a 92 percent success rate and is anxious to get her life back to “normal.”
Please join us in saluting Victoria’s bravery, and the courage of all children at Renown Children’s Hospital.