Honored Kid

Lincoln F.

Age 5
Lincoln F. Kid Photo

Location

Salem, WV, US

Diagnosis

Wilms or other kidney tumor

Date of Diagnosis

November 2022

Status

In treatment

Treated At

West Virginia University Children's Hospital

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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. In our family, Lincoln has become synonymous with “Fighter.” He first began to flex his little muscles during the pregnancy at 23 weeks when he made a valiant effort to meet the world far sooner than we had planned. Amanda and Ben knew at that moment… this little guy would be strong-willed and determined. Lincoln was born at 32 weeks and started to bring endless joy to his parents and anyone he met. At 19 months, Lincoln was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, which began the long journey of schedule juggling to accommodate multiple specialty doctors, therapists and much more. Lincoln has always handled every obstacle with strength and determination, while Ben and Amanda have always dealt with every new twist and turn with grace and dignity. On November 10, Lincoln had an appointment with a gastroenterologist for an evaluation due to constipation and digestion issues. He was immediately sent to the West Virginia University Children’s Hospital emergency department for a CT scan of his abdomen. On November 11, Lincoln was diagnosed with Stage 4 Kidney Cancer… and this is when Ben and Amanda’s world was flipped upside down… they also discovered via more scans and tests that cancer had spread to his lungs. On November 12, Lincoln underwent the first of many procedures to come. The medical team removed 2 of the 26 spots on his lungs and placed the port that will be used for chemotherapy. With the addition of the port, he has taken a liking to his new nickname of “Iron Man”. During the surgery, the medical team realized that the tumor surrounding the kidney was far too large and inoperable. To say the road ahead of Lincoln is long and hard is a drastic understatement, but if anyone is up for the challenge, it is absolutely our Iron Man. #LincolnStrong

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