Keera Daniel has gone through more than most can imagine at such a young age.
Thanks to the support of five local businesses, it was announced at the Chippewa gym during the Arthur Gabor Basketball Classic this past weekend the teenager’s dog, Romeo will be trained as a therapy dog as she continues to fight the cancerous tumours that have now spread to her lungs (see attached video courtesy of Chippewa Secondary School).
Donations of $500 have been received for Romeo’s training from each of the local sponsors of the basketball tournament. That’s $2,500 total from Martel & Mitchell Physiotherapy, Demarco Lucenti Insurance Brokers Inc., First North Enterprises, North Bay Construction Documents Depository and Assante Wealth Management. Keera played basketball at Chippewa before the cancer was discovered after what she thought was a simple knee injury.
Keera was initially diagnosed with osteosarcoma and has undergone several procedures, including amputation of her knee. Osteosarcoma is the same type of cancer that Terry Fox had. The lower part of the leg has been reattached in a procedure called rotationplasty. Keera and family said this summer when they visited North Bay, the procedure allows for a replacement knee joint that allows for a prosthetic.