I am contacting you for two reasons. First, I would like to share a story about the love and friendship that overcame cancer, a three year war against fear.

Jami McMillen, my boyfriend of three years, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Nov. 6, 2008, no more than one month after we had started dating. The most amazing and mind boggling thing about our story is how he was diagnosed and the events that followed.

Through our relationship we have faced long distance, chemo, radiation, stem cell transplants, growing pains, and practically living at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, with other children going through the same scary ordeal — the children’s ages ranged from infants to our age — 20s.

We also faced the fear of loss among many other fears. Jami did his most recent and second bone marrow transplant in March which was conducted at CHOC.

In August, Jami had an even closer brush with death and was hospitalized with severe pneumonia and put on life support but lives today to tell the tale, nothing can keep him down.

We have never had a chance to share our story and there has never been a better time than now.

The second reason for the letter is Jami and I are starting a club on campus through the Make-A-Wish Foundation also called Wishmakers on campus. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is an organization dedicated to the enrichment of human life by granting wishes to children with life threatening medical conditions through volunteer work and donations.

Jami was granted a wish when we were 17 and since then I have dedicated my time and heart to the organization and Jami is now getting involved.

I am currently a wish granter for the organization which means I meet with the children and families to make wishes come true. It is such an amazing experience that I wanted to share the opportunity with others to help make a difference in children’s lives.

Ashley Poulson

OCC Student

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