Bossier City teen battles cancer for a third time

Bossier City teen battles cancer for a third time

A Bossier City teen is battling cancer for a third time, and you may be able to help her beat it.

Jamaya Johnson, 14, has been battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma for the past two years. Though the cancer has gone into remission twice it is back for a third time, and now her family is looking for a bone marrow donor.

"I'll tell my mom I just want to be normal," says Jamaya.

Jamaya says that the definition of "normal" is a teenage child without cancer.

Her cancer was first diagnosed two years ago after a lump began to grow on her neck. A biopsy confirmed not only did she have cancer, but it was progressive. She started treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis and LSU Medical Center in Shreveport.

"This medication right here is for pain control," says Jamaya's mom Michelle Johnson.

Dozens of medications line the family's kitchen table. The medications along with over 300 doctors appointments helped to get rid of the cancer twice, but last week the family found out that the cancer was back.

"If they can cure me twice they can cure me another time," says Jamaya.

A bone marrow transplant will help with her treatment, but her mother is not a match.

If you would like to register to become a donor you can go to the bone marrow donor website at A testing kit will be sent to your home.

You can also visit the "Saving Jamaya Johnson from her fight with cancer" facebook page where updated donation information will be available.

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