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Four siblings work at local hospital

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on September 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:02 AM

This week's Seven's Hero is about an amazing nurse at St. Luke's Children's Hospital, who is making all the difference for a young leukemia patient. 3-year-old Kean Barker is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a type of childhood cancer. He was diagnosed in July, and it's been a tough summer in and out of the hospital. 

His mom nominated one of his nurses, Joe Ronquillo, as a Seven's Hero. She says Joe is pretty special to Kean, and can make him smile even during painful treatments. Joe has a special place in his heart for Kean too. They just seem to have a connection.

What makes this story even more special is that most of Joe's family is dedicated to treating patients at St. Luke's. His older brother, and his two sisters work there too. His brother is a nurse, and his sisters are both respiratory therapists. The reason they all got into the medical field is simple. They saw their mom battle cancer when they were young children, and fortunately she is now a survivor. Today, their careers focus on helping patients just like her. It just made sense to all of them!

The Ronquillo Family

Watch the story here:

If you have someone you'd like to nominate as a Seven's Hero, e-mail me and let me know about it by clicking HERE.