About Carla

Carla Jannotti was an incredible 12 year old girl, who had been battling a cancerous brain tumor and many complications for more than a year.

Carla portraitIt started back in late 2008, with horrible migraines and vomiting. Normally nothing would stop this award winning gymnast! She was a ball of energy and so much fun!
But this illness did stop her!

In January of 2009, they found that it was a cancerous brain tumor that was the cause of  her problems; requiring immediate emergency surgery. Many complications had been  thrown at Carla in her road to recovery; from meningitis to a coma, seizures and more.

This little girl still had the drive of a champion and a true competitor. She was quick with a smile, never complains and maintained an incredible positive attitude. Carla’s competitive spirit drove her with learning to walk and talk all over again.

She  received chemotherapy for more than a year. May 11th, 2010 was her last treatment and  BASE CAMP and the Children Cancer Foundation both local children cancer charity came to help us celebrate at the hospital that day! It was wonderful.

Carla last chemo at the hospitalAfter a total of 14 surgeries and over a year of chemo therapy and radiation treatments had succeeded to tell her she was “cancer free” at that time. After many setbacks and complications, she was trying to walk and talk again. It had been a long year and a half in this battle, so far she was winning! Her unbelievable stamina, drive and positive attitude had gotten her this far.

On February 11, 2011 she was hospitalized for yet another surgery to repair her shunt. The following day while recovering from surgery she came down with the flu. It wiped out her already weak immune system and she lapsed into a coma. She passed away on Sunday, March 13, 2011 surrounded by her close friends and loving family members.

Carla, Mom & Dad

Carla, Mom & Dad

19 Responses to About Carla

  1. Margaret Botts says:

    Carla, I don’t know you, but I want you to know I’m thinking of you. I hope you feel better soon and you can get back to your normal routine. Keep fighting, kiddo!!!!

  2. Terry Sack says:

    Sending much LOVE and healing vibes your way young lady… you are truly an inspiration to us all

    • Sharon Kosmin says:

      Reading about you just became the ‘bright light’ in my day. You are truly a remarkable and courageous young lady. Please keep the faith…I just know that better days are just around the corner for you and it’s gonna be beautiful when you get there!!!

  3. nrosewhite@yahoo.com says:

    Carla, seeing your beautiful face and knowing how hard a road you have traveled and still traveling has put my minor aches to shame. You are truely an inspiration to all . Never give hope little one, God has you in his hands and blessings are plentiful.Sending much blessings to you and your family.


  4. Nikki Marsden says:

    Car Car
    I know these are tough times but you’re doing great. I hope the best of luck to you and your family.
    love, Nikki

  5. Jamie says:

    I don’t know you personally, but I just wanted to say I was so inspired reading your story! I wish you the best in recovery and I’ll be praying for you! :D You’ve made it through so much already and you’re just AMAZING. :-)

    <3 Jamie

  6. Larry Cooley says:

    Dear Carla Just to let you know our prayers are with you all the time. Never had the pleasure to meet you in person but your beautiful picture says to me how strong an individual you are. We the Cooley family pray for you all time. Carla you will come through these trying times a stronger and heathier individual. I have known your great dad for a long time.
    Praying for your speedy recovery, Love The Cooley Family

  7. Cathleen & Juliana Mestre says:

    Hey Carla,
    We are constantly thinking and praying tor you! Keep up the fight, your doing great!! Happy Holidays

  8. Harper Shadron says:

    Hey Carla I hope you have been getting even stronger and better since the last time I saw you.

    Love you, Harper

    P.S. Hey maria I want to write a speech on carla I have to turn it in on monday i want to know what was the date she had cancer and startde treatment and what are some places you stayed with other people with cancer and some fun things you guys have done in the past year.

    Thanks, harper

  9. Ken Mullen says:

    God Bless you young Lady

  10. Terry Sack says:

    May the moonbeams be your highway,
    the Sun your guiding light…
    The stars they are your roadmap,
    as you journey through the night.
    And may the comets be something,
    yours dreams would simply like to chase
    Through your new land, your new world, your new place.

    Ride in Peace Pretty Lady

  11. Coiliasia says:

    Let there be many windows to your soul, that all the glory of the world may beautify it.

  12. Alberto Ramirez-de-Arellano says:

    Dear Carla,

    Although I never personally met you, through your aunt (a very dear friend of mine, Margarita), I’ve been hearing about you. As I sit in front of this computer and write in this blog, it seems that all my troubles are practically invisible in comparison. It seems that at this time all I can do is pray for all your loved ones. You will be missed by all those whose life you touched. May you be with God.

  13. Marisa Gonzalez says:

    I only knew Carla through her aunt Margarita who always spoke of how amazing she was.
    She was always so positive and full of energy. She was a wonderful daughter, granddaughter and niece.
    When she turned sick my son and I prayed for her every night. Now she is an angel that will take care of her loving family. She is free of pain and sickness. My heart and that of my family goes out to her family although I know she will be with them forever in their hearts.

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