Throughout the month of September, Diamond Cellar will help the fight against pediatric cancer when the jeweler contributes five percent of every jewelry repair to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. From Sept. 8-30, Diamond Cellar will support the lifesaving research and care taking place in Hematology, Oncology & BMT at Nationwide Children’s.
“As someone whose family has been personally touched by Nationwide Children’s Hospital, I was very excited for the opportunity to support them,” said Andy Johnson, CEO of Diamond Cellar, which has been giving back to the central Ohio community for its nearly 70 years of history in the Columbus area. “Columbus is very fortunate to have one of the leading children’s hospitals in the nation and it’s a pleasure to partner with a fellow local business for such a great cause.”
For more information about the Diamond Cellar’s support for Nationwide Children’s Hospital, contact Ben Kozberg, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation, (614) 355-5426.
or visit one of the two central Ohio locations – Easton Town Center, 3960 New Bond St., Columbus, OH 43219 and 6280 Sawmill Rd., Dublin, OH 43017 – to learn more about how you can join Diamond Cellar in the fight against pediatric cancer.
Now an active six year old, Caroline Johnson received her last treatment for a rare cancer of the liver called hepatoblastoma in July 2010. Diagnosed with Stage IV hepatoblastoma at 15 months of age, Caroline appeared to be a healthy baby when she was born in the fall of 2008. However, at just two weeks old, Caroline was being treated for acid reflux and as a toddler began suffering from several recurrent illnesses, including respiratory infections and ear infections. It was after Caroline’s parents, Leighanne and Aaron, noticed a mass in Caroline’s abdomen that they immediately took her to their family pediatrician where an x-ray revealed a slightly enlarged liver. The following day, Caroline was brought to Nationwide Children’s Hospital Urgent Care and after several tests, Leighanne and Aaron learned Caroline’s diagnosis.
Although the tumor was inoperable because of its size, overtaking two-thirds of Caroline’s liver, the chemotherapy treatment proved effective and Caroline was able to undergo surgery. Eighty-five percent of her liver was removed, as well as her gallbladder and five lymph nodes. Because there were still active cancer cells in her liver, Caroline resumed three more rounds of chemotherapy, with her last treatment taking place just before second birthday.
Caroline now is the Patient Champion for Diamond Cellar, joining the jeweler’s fight against pediatric cancer on behalf of Nationwide Children’s.
About Diamond Cellar
Founded in 1947 by Robert W. Johnson, Diamond Cellar Holdings is one of the largest independent jewelry companies in the country. With two Diamond Cellar locations and Store 5a in Columbus, Donoho’s Jewellers in The Woodlands, Texas, and Bruce G. Weber Precious Jewels in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Diamond Cellar Holdings is a comprehensive jeweler with selections of jewelry and watches that are unparalleled. In addition to sales, custom design and repair, the Diamond Cellar stores feature a staff of in-house designer goldsmiths for all jewelry needs.
About Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Ranked 9th of only 12 children's hospitals on U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare networks providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a medical staff of 1,100 and nearly 10,000 employees providing state-of-the-art pediatric care for one million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. Nationwide Children’s remains true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of a family’s ability to pay. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org