Billings Teen Fighting Thyroid Cancer. Fundraiser Sunday Oct 10

A 16-year-old Billings teen named Karianna Jinguji was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of thyroid cancer in 2015 and has been bravely battling the disease. Her treatments have included multiple surgeries and care, primarily at a Houston hospital. The cost of care, travel, and daily expenses have taken a toll on the Jinguji family.

You’ve probably seen her dad on TV.

Karianna’s dad is David Jay, a reporter at KTVQ. David has been covering local and Montana news stories for years. I’ve run into him at numerous events around Billings, and he is genuinely a nice guy who seems to truly care about our community.

Credit: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc.Thyroid cancer is the 2nd most common cancer in teens.

Boston Children’s Hospital notes that while thyroid cancer is relatively rare in children (fewer than 1 in 100,000 each year), it is the second most common form of cancer in teens age 15 – 19. They add,

Thyroid cancer is often detected as a lump in the front of the neck found by the child, a parent, or by a physician during a routine examination. Some thyroid cancers are discovered by chance during medical imaging performed for another reason.

The GoFundme for Karianna notes that there is no cure

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