Summerlin Hospital nurse shaves head for kids

Beth Fisher


Summerlin Hospital nurse shaves head for kids

CREATED May. 2, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The nurses in the Las Vegas Valley are incredible. Some of the best in the country work right here in Southern Nevada. And one of them is looking a lot like her patients these days. Nurse Keely is making Las Vegas a better place to live. 

At Summerlin hospital, it is reunion day for 4-year-old Jaycee and her beloved nurse, Keely.  The two met when Jaycee, sick from her cancer treatments, needed intensive care.
Nurse Keely Ratajczk explains, "I'm not an oncology nurse but if they get really sick when they're here, I can be their nurse which we don't like, but it happens."
And so do the lifelong bonds that are formed.  Jaycee, who lost her hair from treatments, never lost her smile thanks to Keely.
Jacyee's mom, Beth Barton says, "She instantly fell in love with Jaycee and Jaycee fell in love with her. I'm sorry. I can't express with words how amazing she has been with my daughter. She is a beautiful person."
There were two other boys battling cancer about the same time as Jaycee and Keely fell in love with all of them and decided to shave her head in their honor and to raise money for St. Baldricks.
Keely says, "This was a choice. This wasn't because I had to. Jaycee had to. Jonathan and Alex had to lose their hair. I lost it because it was a choice and it wasn't that hard of a choice at the end of the day."
The day of her shave, Jaycee was there. Keely brought in more than $7,500 -- far surpassing her $3,000 goal. The money will help fund cancer research. When asked about the disease, the nurse doesn't mince words. "It sucks. And it's affecting more and more children."
Jaycee is in remission. Jonathan is too. But Alex received his wings and it's that loss this nurse hopes to prevent in the future.