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Written by Alice Warchol
Photography by Ken Mountain

“Dr. Blessyn” Celebrates Remission

Blessyn Watford celebrating going into remission at CHKD.At a celebration to mark the end of her cancer treatment at CHKD, 4-year-old Blessyn Watford donned her best doctor scrubs and made an official announcement: “I’m retired. I’m done!”

Blessyn was diagnosed in May 2019 with leukemia. Throughout her treatment at CHKD, she would ask for her favorite nurse, Rob Ericson, who is pictured below with Blessyn. Nurse Rob, as he’s known to his large CHKD fan club, always knew how to make her feel at ease during the various procedures required for her care.

“We are Rob’s biggest fans,” says Blessyn’s mom, Martesha Watford.

Blessyn’s treatment at CHKD lasted more than two years. Martesha says she will never forget how kind and encouraging the doctors and staff at CHKD’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center have been to her and Blessyn.

Today, Blessyn is in remission thanks to their care. Congratulations, Dr. Blessyn! You’ve earned your retirement.

Blessyn Watford and CCBDC's nurse Rob celebraing her remission.

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