10-year-old Jenna Gibson, a Maple Valley, Wash. resident, has been a patient at Seattle Children’s since she was initially diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia earlier this year.

While staying at the hospital’s cancer care inpatient unit recently, she had the idea to create for her friends and family a video entitled: “Haunting: A Head” – all in the spirit of Halloween fun.

In the video, Jenna, hidden beneath a magical hospital robe that makes everything but her head invisible, can be seen on a spooky hijinks across the floor.

“I wanted to show some of the things that were frustrating but kind of funny about being in the hospital,” said Jenna. “And I wanted to use only my head because it seemed mysterious.”

She hopes you enjoy her “brainchild”, and is grateful to be spending this Halloween back at home.

Jenna is currently doing well, and continues to visit Children’s for follow-up care.

Jenna’s video is a part of Children’s Not Now creative arts program for patients with cancer. Other stories made possible by the Not Now program include:

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Additional Resources

  • Seattle Children’s Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Program
  • Seattle Children’s Dr. Michael Jensen is developing  innovative new immunotherapies for curing childhood cancers that will eventually eliminate the need for chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.
  • To help teens with cancer cope with the difficulties they face,  Seattle Children’s AYA Oncology Program has released a new video series called, “Good Times and Bald Times.”   In this unique series, teens with cancer candidly talk about their experiences  – from treatments and hair loss, to dealing with school, friends and family.