Janiya has always been fascinated by the way technology is constantly changing. Because of her fascination, Janiya knew she wanted to go to one of the most technologically advanced places in the world: Tokyo, Japan.
One day in 2016, Janiya called her mom from school and said she was experiencing a crippling headache. After two trips to different doctors that sent them back home, Janiya’s mom demanded an MRI from her pediatrician. The day after the MRI, their worst fears came to life; Janiya was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Janiya had surgery 3 days later, and it has been a whirlwind ever since.
Janiya and her mom were sent to Jacksonville, FL for 10 weeks so Janiya could receive proton treatment. After returning to Atlanta, the tough road continued. It took an enormous toll on Janiya's mother to see her that way. Janiya is her only baby, and it’s just the two of them.
Having to watch her endure treatment after treatment broke her heart.
SHOPPING, GAMING, AND FOOD OH MY!
Hope sparked when Janiya’s wish to go to Tokyo, Japan came true. That spark grew into a flame throughout the trip, and the family felt joy for the first time in years.Janiya loved the culture in Japan, and she felt like she was able to fit in with the people there. Her mother said, "The nightlife made her feel warm inside, and she loved all the clothes. She bought so much stuff!" Her first night ended with a Robot Show and dinner at a Kyoto-themed restaurant, but her adventure was only beginning.
In addition to experiencing the day-to-day life in Japan, shopping ‘till she dropped and eating all the sushi she could handle, Janiya and her mom got the ultimate upgrade. They were able to visit Odaiba Tokyo Hot Springs for some relaxing fun! With the help of a personal tour guide, Janiya experienced Akihabara, the Japanese hub for everything anime, manga, and gaming. She also got to do a walking tour of Shibuya where she got to enjoy even more amazing Japanese cuisine.
JOY AT LAST
“It was the best feeling of my life. If I could go for anything, that’s the feeling I would go for,” Janiya’s mother said, “to see her happy!”