Jamil Newirth was told he had 17 months to live. That was five years ago.
Today, thanks to doctors at the UCLA Brain Tumor Center, Jamil is healthy and taking in all that life has to offer – including attending a Lakers game. With the partnership between the Lakers and UCLA Health, Jamil enjoyed a behind-the-scenes experience as the UCLA Health Laker for a Day on March 26th at STAPLES Center.
It has been quite a journey for Jamil, a long-time Laker fan who lives in Hawaii and travels frequently to receive care at UCLA. He started experiencing headaches and nausea in May 2012. He went to the emergency room and doctors diagnosed him with a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor, telling him he might have little time left to live.
Jamil received radiation treatment for three months and chemotherapy for a year before undergoing successful surgery at the hands of Dr. Linda M. Liau at UCLA. "After the brain tumor surgery when I saw my MRI, my family and I were very relieved, kind of joy and hope at the same time," Jamil says.
Since his surgery, Jamil has passed the bar exam to become a lawyer and is able to partake in one of his favorite Hawaiian activities: surfing. His positive outlook and zest for life was certainly on display during his game-day experience, which included taking pictures with the Laker girls and watching pregame warmups courtside.
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