Honored Kid

Michael M.

Age 22
Michael M. Kid Photo

Location

Parish, NY, US

Diagnosis

Ewing sarcoma

Date of Diagnosis

January 2007

Status

Cancer free

Treated At

Roswell Park Cancer Institute

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My Story

When I was 7 years old, my mom discovered a strange lump on my leg.  Nearly ten months, several doctors and tests later, we finally had it removed; and in January 2007 I was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma.  Ewing’s is an aggressive bone cancer found in children.  My tumor was outside the bone, which our doctor said they only see in 1% of all Ewing’s cases.  That is equivalent to 1 in 10 million people!  However, for a Ewing’s tumor to have been dormant for ten months, Dr. McGrath said he had never heard of a documented case like it, ever.  I was a walking miracle.  I underwent several surgeries, and 42 weeks of intense chemotherapy.  I had to be in the hospital for all my treatments, so my parents and I spent a lot of time away from home.  It was not only hard on my body, it was hard on our entire family.  But I knew that God had a plan, and that there must be a reason he wanted me at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.  I made many close friends there.  Tragically, many of them didn’t survive their fight.  It is for them that I have been a St. Baldrick’s shavee five times and have helped to raise nearly $10,000 for research.  Little did I know then, that I would benefit from that research, once again. On June 1st, 2016, as I was getting ready for school just prior to my high school graduation, I felt a lump on the back of my leg that had not been there the day before.  On June 7th, the biopsy results showed that my cancer had returned after 9 ½ years.  I had to repeat a few rounds of the same chemotherapy I had endured over ten years before, but because of the prior treatments, I was maxed out on those drugs.  Thanks to research, there was a promising new outpatient treatment that I was able to undergo.  I started my freshman year at Clarkson University two weeks late, due to my radiation schedule; and had to attend classes feeling extremely nauseous and in pain.  But thanks to my team of doctors, and to my professors, I completed both my freshman year of Electrical Engineering and my cancer treatment in June 2017!  I am so grateful to organizations like St. Baldrick’s Foundation who recognize that 4% of the federal cancer research budget is not enough funding to save the lives of kids like me; and for people like you who are willing to support this critical research!  Without it, I would not be alive today, so THANK YOU!!

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