Honored Kid

Miles F.

Age 5
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Location

Columbia , MO, US

Diagnosis

Hepatoblastoma

Date of Diagnosis

June 2018

Status

In remission

Treated At

MU Women's and Children's Hospital

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My Story

In June of 2018, after my mom and I had been to a few doctors, trying to figure out what is wrong with me, we finally met a doctor who had seen my type of cancer before and told us the next morning that I had a softball size tumor in my liver.  My family was very scared, as we had already spent a lot of time in the hospital, when my twin brother and I were born at 25 weeks old and spent 111 days in the NICU.  I had just started to catch up after being born at 2 lbs. 3 oz. and we weren't sure what cancer would mean for my little body, but we did know that I already had a good history of fighting.  That summer and the next fall and winter were tough, I went through 6 rounds of chemo therapy and they removed the tumor from my liver.  I spent a lot of time in the hospital with many viruses, as my immune system was non existent.  I got to know the nurses very well and even was there on Christmas, when Santa came to visit.  Since all of that, I have returned to a pretty normal life, now I just have a large Warrior scar across my belly, to show how strong and brave I am.  I am officially in remission and catching back up physically by eating everything that is put in front of me.Hepatoblastoma is the type of cancer I had, and while the research shows there is some correlation between being born small and the cancer, there is not enough research done to show exactly what can be done in the NICU that could correlate with and potentially be changed to prevent other kids from ever going through this.  It is my dad's turn to show how brave he is by shaving his head to help raise money for research on childhood cancers.  I hope you can show support for him like everyone did for me during my battle. 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.

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