Local teen, fire department explorer receives great news – cancer is in remission

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We are delighted to report that a Bonanza High School teenager battling leukemia is now in remission – declared cancer-free just about a week ago. 

We first told you about Johnathan Rubio last year when the North Las Vegas Fire Department explorer received an escort home in a firetruck from Summerlin hospital.

During his last trip to Southern California for treatment at UCLA last week, Johnathan Rubio learned his latest battle with leukemia is finally over. 

“I tried to be strong for my mom,  so I didn’t want to bust out in tears,” said Rubio.  

Back in November 2017, Johnathan was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 16.  According to the American Cancer Society, leukemias are the most common childhood cancers, accounting for about 30-percent of all cancers in children.

Thankfully Jonathan had his family by his side for his fight against leukemia. His younger sister, Donika Harrison, played a vital role in his recovery.      
At 15 years old, Donika became a bone marrow donor for her brother. 

Thankfully, Jonathan can now follow his dreams cancer-free. He wants to be an EMT and go on to the Air Force. 

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