Meet Vanessa! In January of 2007 she was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (UC), a rare but aggressive disease in pediatric patients. She has been in and out of St. John’s many times due to flare ups, routine colonoscopies, and blood transfusions. At the age of 14, Vanessa stands out through her laughter, smile, and friendliness to everyone she meets. She is also a freshman in high school and made her high school’s tennis team!