Honored Kid

Carson H.

Age 13
Carson H. Kid Photo

Location

Pleasant Grove, UT, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

May 2012

Status

In maintenance

Treated At

Primary Children's Medical Center

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My Story

Thank you for supporting me and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure.Carson "Tuff Boy" Hancock was born Friday, February 13, 2009. He spent the first 5 days of his life in the NICU; with a rare airway condition called Bronchial Malaysia, causing his airway to be weak and narrow. His Father (Brant Hancock) wanted to name him “Tuff” because he was a very “Tuff” baby from the very beginning! “Tuff Boy” stuck as Carson’s nick-name. Carson’s first surgery was when he was just 6 months old and he has since had 5 surgeries for his airway. You would think that would be enough for one little boy to endure in his very young life, but on May 10th, 2012 our sweet little 3 year old “Tuff Boy” was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Within hours of the diagnoses he was rushed into surgery and immediately started chemo therapy. His Father and I were paralyzed with grief! Why Carson? Hasn’t he already been through enough? What if he can’t beat it? We feared the worst! Mother’s day that year was spent in the hospital with me holding Carson and my own Mother holding me while I cried my heart out for my sweet little boy. The next morning I knew we had to fight! Not only fight, but fight with the best attitude possible and reach out to as many people as we could to gather support! I would NOT let cancer get the best of me or Carson. Since that Mother’s Day, Carson has had 15 Lumbar punctures to receive chemotherapy directly into his spine, as well as 2 surgeries on his airway from his original condition at birth. Carson has endured countless pokes, surgeries, hospital stays, horrible medications and many, many sick days - and yet he continues to fight and be happy and act like any normal 4-year old. He loves to play and recently participated in the Mutton Bustin Competition at the rodeo. Carson will continue to receive chemotherapy treatments until July 2015! That will be 3.5 years of treatment, almost half of his life!

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