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