Two Pacifica Schoolmates Diagnosed With Cancer in Same Week

Friends raise funds to help the girls and their families on the long road of treatment and recovery.

Bella Hung and Annika Johnson
Bella Hung and Annika Johnson
Two little girls from Cabrillo School in Pacifica were recently diagnosed with cancer within days of each other.

Bella Hung, 8, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia just before Thanksgiving. A few days later, Annika Johnson, 7, was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor, a rare form of kidney cancer.

The two girls are now undergoing treatment on the same floor at Santa Clara Kaiser Hospital, according to a KTVU report.

Family friends have started fundraising pages on Give Forward to help the girls' families make ends meet on a long road of treatment and recovery.

“I’m just amazed and completely blown away by the community really coming together to support both of these families,” said Lola Carrington, who started the page for Johnson, in a KTVU report.

So far Bella's family and friends have raise $21K to aid the little girl's fight against a cancer that has a 90 to 95 percent survival rate. She is not expected to return to school for at least one year and will be receiving chemo treatments for 2.5 years.

Johnson is recovering this week after undergoing surgery to remove her kidney. The goal of her campaign is to raise enough money for Annika's family to sustain somewhat of a normal life while focusing on Annika and her recovery. So far they've raised $13K. Any monies not used will be donated by the Johnson's to a children's cancer fund.

To help with the fundraising efforts for these two families, click here for Bella Hung and here for Annika Johnson.


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