Renown Children’s Hospital and Make-A-Wish Grant Teen’s Hawaiian Dream

Siana, 17, at her Make-A-Wish celebration with Jacob Zucker, M.D., pediatric hematologist-oncologist, and Larry Duncan, chief operating officer, Renown Regional Medical Center and vice president and administrator of Renown Children’s Hospital.

Siana, 17, who battles lymphoma, wanted to swim in Hawaii with her family. Thanks to Renown Children’s Hospital and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, her wish is coming true.

A young Reno woman battling lymphoma arrived at Renown Children’s Hospital for what she thought was a regular appointment. But she didn’t know she was about to be surprised with a mini luau and the news that one of her dreams was coming true, granted by Renown Children’s Hospital and Make-A-Wish Northern Nevada.

Siana, 17, was diagnosed with lymphoma in late 2016 after experiencing hip pain she believed to be a muscle pull. When the pain began to travel through her leg and worsen, she underwent blood work and an MRI. A specialist diagnosed her with lymphoma, and she immediately began chemotherapy treatments. She spent months in and out of Renown Children’s Hospital for multiple rounds of chemotherapy, and completed chemotherapy last year. She is beginning to feel better, and is eager to return to school with her friends.


Research has shown that a “wish,” such as those granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Siana’s wish was to travel to Hawaii with her family, dig her toes in the warm sand, and go swimming in the ocean (swimming is one of her favorite pastimes).

Please join us in saluting Siana’s bravery, and the courage of all children at Renown Children’s Hospital.