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Kids with Cancer

Meet Phineas

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
January 5, 2016

Phineas has a long list of things he loves. The 7-year-old loves playing with Legos, riding his mountain bike, eating pizza and junk food (when his mom isn’t looking), and all things monster truck.

Ambassador Phineas

But what’s also on Phineas’ list of things he loves? St. Baldrick’s.

Phineas happily running

That’s because at age 4, Phineas was diagnosed with chemo-resistant acute lymphoblastic leukemia, six years after his sister Althea died from acute myeloid leukemia.

Phineas happily running

An immunotherapy trial supported by St. Baldrick’s and headed by St. Baldrick’s Scholar Dr. Daniel Lee saved Phineas’ life. Twenty-eight days after the procedure Phineas was finally in remission. Thanks to research funded by St. Baldrick’s, the bright-eyed boy is a cancer-free kid.

Learn more about the treatment that saved Phineas’ life >

Phineas and his sister

Now, two years after the end of his treatment, Phineas just goes to the hospital for annual check-ups. He relishes eating out at restaurants and loves laughing about anything potty-related with his friends.

Phineas on the grass with his family

Whenever they can, his family goes on adventures together with their vintage Airstream trailer. In the spring they visited the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park and, of course, the Monster Truck World Finals in Las Vegas.

Phineas and his parents

Like many kids, Phineas wants to be a lot of things when he grows up — maybe a monster truck driver, or an artist or an architect. Right now, after everything he’s been through, he’s just enjoying first grade.

Phineas is one of five St. Baldrick’s Foundation 2016 Ambassadors, representing the thousands of kids touched by cancer each year.

Meet the next Ambassador — Cheyenne