The Dragonfly Effect Podcast: Johanne's Story
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The Dragonfly Effect Podcast: Johanne’s Story

Six years ago, Johanne’s young son was rushed to the hospital with a kidney cancer. Unprepared for the news and from that point forward, Johanne found comfort in The Dragonfly Foundation.

While every family affected by cancer has a unique story and circumstance, Johanne found a welcoming, understanding community among Dragonfly families.

She describes procedures and how that made her feel like “wrapping him in a bubble.” She is grateful for Dragonfly’s support at diagnosis, during treatment and throughout survivorship.

Dragonfly was a “comfort blanket” to her and her family.

Johanne also expressed her gratitude for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s efforts to educate her child’s classmates about the challenges her son was experiencing. With this preparation and deeper understanding, students became protective and supportive at a time when he needed them most. For example, students created a human shield around her son so that he would be protected from people bumping into him in the school hallways.

More than a village… it take a community to help patients and families.

Dragonfly is grateful to iHeart Radio host, Scott Sloan, for recording the introduction/closing of the podcast and to Joe Strecker for his production talents.

The Dragonfly Foundation(R), a 501c3 nonprofit, helps pediatric cancer patients and their families find strength, courage, and joy. We do this by providing ongoing support, relevant materials, and caring, nurturing and transformative experiences.

To donate and to learn more about Dragonfly, please visit or text WINGS to 71777.

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