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Tyler, Ewing Sarcoma
In December 2013 at the age of 11, I was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma. I underwent 14 rounds of chemotherapy and 25 rounds of radiation therapy spanning over the course of 10 months.
During this time I was unable to attend school and socialize with my friends. The challenge of going through treatment for cancer is tough for anyone of any age, let alone an 11 year old. This was an extremely diﬃcult time for my family and I, but I’m very great full to have made it through and be able to write this today.- Tyler T.
Grace, relapsed PH+ Leukemia
Grace was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, only weeks after her fourth birthday. She spent over one hundred days inpatient the first year of treatment and had chemotherapy 10x above standard treatment. A clinical trial brought her survival rate from 20% to 70% and after two years of treatment she was cancer free. A year and a half later the cancer returned. She had six weeks inpatient while receiving strong chemo and four days of twice-a-day radiation. She is currently inpatient and waiting to begin her bone marrow transplant in November 2017. You can see how Grace karate chops cancer on her Facebook team page or on Instagram as #ninjaprincess.
Hazel, relapsed Neuroblastoma
Hazel was diagnosed with stage three neuroblastoma, an incredibly aggressive and dangerous cancer, when she was two years-old in 2013. After six cycles of grueling chemotherapy, a seven hour tumor resection surgery, an autologous stem cell transplant that nearly took her life and landed her in the ICU for three weeks, weeks in rehab doing physical, occupational and speech therapy, twenty doses of radiation, and six months of Immunotherapy, Hazel finished with treatment in 2014. Two and a half years later the cancer returned and Hazel fought bravely again and won. Two days ago the cancer returned. She is currently waiting for a treatment plan before she can fight cancer for the third time. She is six years old. You can cheer Hazel on as she fights cancer for the third time on Facebook Hope for Hazel.
Bailey, stage IV neuroblastoma
In 2014 Bailey's mom brought her seventeen month-old daughter to the pediatrician with raging fevers and severe bruising around her eyes. She was diagnosed with stage four nueroblastoma, a rare and aggressive childhood tumorous cancer. Bailey was seventeen months old. She went through chemotherapy, stem cell retrievals, and surgery to remove the grapefruit sized tumor near her kidney and MIBG therapy. The cancer became more aggressive and spread to Bailey’s central nervous system. She was paralyzed from the waist down. Bailey was readmitted to Children's Hospital Los Angeles where she remained inpatient for nine weeks. During this time, Bailey continued to fight and underwent more radiation and chemotherapy. Despite the best treatment available Bailey’s cancer spread to her femur, paralyzing her from the waist down. The cancer was unstoppable. She was kept as comfortable as possible. On July 11, 2015 Bailey took her final breath, cradled in the arms of her daddy. You can honor Bailey's memory by making a donation towards pediatric cancer research.
Kaitlin, stage IV Rhabdomyosarcoma
Kaitlin was an active nine year-old and a talented dancer. In 2013 Kaitlin started complaining of abdominal pain. What was thought may be appendicitis turned into a a diagnosis of cancer. The doctors found a 10cm tumor in her abdomen and several small metastases in her lungs. She was taken by helicopter to Children's Hospital Los Angeles, where she was diagnosed with pediatric Rhabdomyosarcoma (ERMS, High Risk, Stage 4) which has metastasized to her lungs. She underwent fifty-two week treatment which included weekly chemotherapy and twenty-three days of radiation. Her primary tumor was completely removed and later that year her family celebrated because Kaitlin was cancer free. Later she faced ccryptogenic organizing pneumonia, which is a persistent and rare lung condition resulting from lung radiation and two surgeries to allow her to dance again. You can follow her on Facebook or make a donation in Kaitlin's honor through the BumbleBee Foundation.
Ryan, Relapsed Leukemia
Ryan was diagnosed with standard risk Leukemia in 2007, at twenty-two months old. Ryan had over three years of therapy including numerous bone marrow aspirations/biopsies and spinal taps under i.v. sedation, surgery to implant his Port-a-Cath, steroids, painful intramuscular chemotherapy injections, intravenous chemotherapy, and daily oral chemotherapy. He completed this treatment in 2010. Sadly, ten days later, Ryan’s leukemia returned. He had to endure much more aggressive chemotherapy so that he could have a bone marrow transplant. In order to prepare for his bone marrow transplant he had four days of Total Body Irradiation two times per day (his lifetime maximum dose of radiation) and under i.v. anesthesia each time, followed by one day of ridiculously high dose chemotherapy. He had his BMT at City of Hope in 2010. At 30 days post-transplant, he had no evidence of leukemia, and today, over 2.5 years later, he is still leukemia free!!!!