Nevaeh Denine is battling cancer again, and wants your well wishes
'It just helps with your everyday ... dealing with the cancer,' says Nevaeh's great-aunt
A little girl from the Goulds area of St. John's who's been raising money for pediatric cancer patients is once again fighting cancer, and wants your well wishes in letters and cards.
At the age of three, Nevaeh Denine was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Neuroblastoma.
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Following her treatment, scans had been clean, but the family found out last week the girl's cancer had returned.
"It's a huge shock to the family … and my niece Holly [Denine's mother] is having a real, real rough time with it," Barb Evans, Denine's great-aunt, told CBC's St. John's Morning Show.
"It's devastating to the family, there's no question."
In 2014, Denine started Nevaeh's Lemonade Stand as a way of giving back to her community. The stand has since raised more than $60,000 dollars over two years.
A few days ago, the family posted the girl's mailing address on Facebook. The response so far has been overwhelming.
"She's gotten a lot of mail, a lot of cards, she's even gotten flowers delivered to her door," said Evans, adding it's best to mail letters and gifts rather than drop them off in person so it's not as intrusive to the family at this difficult time.
It kind of helps when you see someone's nice words to say, "We're there, if you need anything we're there for you."- Barb Evans
"She loves to get cards, she loves to open them, she thinks people really care and she really, really likes to get them."
Evans said the whole family has been enjoying her great-nieces's wish.
"It just helps with your everyday, like with coping with the whole issue of dealing with the cancer and getting through day for day for day, and that's how it's been," she said.
"It kind of helps when you see someone's nice words to say, 'We're there, if you need anything we're there for you.'"
The family has received mail from people and schools across Canada, including a school in New Brunswick where every child in the school made a card and sent it along with a care package.
"They had gifts for her, it was everything included in that box, even clothing items … they had pyjamas for her and where she lost her hair, they had headbands for her to cover her head," said Evans.
"So, it's really, really thoughtful … it helps when you're trying to cope with this."
At the moment, the family doesn't have many details about the cancer relapse and the future remains uncertain.
Denine began further testing at the Janeway Children's Hospital Tuesday to determine the severity of the diagnosis and a treatment plan.
"We don't really have any answers yet, we just know it's back," said Evans.
Denine has spent a good part of her life in hospitals because of her disease, but Evans said the girl understands what's going on.
"She can actually tell you different things about her chemotherapy, she can tell you different things about her cancer and she always wants to learn."
Evans said Denine's mom has every card kept and and she still goes through them to read the messages.