Put a Smile on a Sick Toddler’s Face

September 12, 2018
Put a Smile on a Sick Toddler's Face

Juliet Robichaud, who is battling an extremely rare form of leukemia, is having a birthday party on Sunday. While the 2-year-old is still hospitalized, her family is asking for cards and well wishes, or even gifts, be sent to her so she can open them during the party. COURTESY PHOTO Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

By Peter Jasinski

pjasinski@sentinel andenterprise.com

FITCHBURG -- Out of all of the birthdays that will be observed this Sunday, there’s a good chance 2-year-old Juliet Robichaud’s will be the most widely celebrated.

Juliet was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia last month, a rare form of cancer almost exclusively found in adult patients, and is currently hospitalized and unable to receive visitors due to her condition.

However, the Robichaud family of Fitchburg plans to hold a birthday party for her on Sept. 16 and stream it live on Facebook so that anyone can tune in and wish her a happy birthday.

“The whole idea behind it is that she can’t have visitors right now, but we still want to shower her with gifts, and presents, and well wishes,” said her uncle, Justin Robichaud.

Though her birthday was technically in July, Juliet’s uncle explained that frequent trips in and out of the hospital in recent weeks meant the family was unable to host a birthday party until now.

Aside from people saying they plan to watch the party’s live stream, the family has also been receiving cards and gifts addressed to Juliet.

“Just the support from even complete strangers has been amazing,” said Justin Robichaud. “I already have a full bin of stuff that’s just from me putting a small blip about this out on Facebook.”

Anyone interested in sending Juliet cards or gifts can address them to P.O. Box 447, Templeton, Massachusetts, 01468.

While Justin Robichaud noted that his niece’s prognosis is “very severe” he said that she is currently happy and not in any great discomfort.

“She doesn’t know she’s hurting right now. She doesn’t know anything is wrong with her. She’s 2-years-old and always smiling,” he said.

Sunday’s live stream can be found on the Team Juliet Facebook page.

Though currently being treated at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Juliet may have to travel abroad to seek treatment, Robichaud said, adding that it’s very possible she may also require a bone marrow transplant.

A concert to raise funds for Juliet’s care will be held on Oct. 13 at the Gardner Municipal Airport. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., hosted by Country 102.5 and feature live music, raffles, food trucks. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

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