Honored Kid

Rafael O.

Age 17
Rafael O. Kid Photo

Location

The Woodlands, TX, US

Diagnosis

Wilms or other kidney tumor

Date of Diagnosis

January 2005

Status

Cancer free

Treated At

Texas 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. Here is my story! I was diagnosed with Wilms tumor in January 2005. My prognosis was an unfavorable stage II Wilms tumor. I was two years old. My treatment consisted of surgery to remove my right kidney, followed by radiation and a combination of four different chemo therapies to be administer weekly, and through a combination of several admissions to the hospital for several days. The length of treatment would depend on how my body tolerated the treatment. I completed my treatment in seven months with some setbacks here and there, much like a roller coaster ride unbelievably filled with unique memories. From the moment my parents walked through the emergency doors of the hospital and to this day they have told me that I am their inspiration and the most incredible teacher in their life. My tumor, due to the rarity of its prognosis was donated for research, hoping that the study of its molecular level at the time would assist researchers in a better understanding of its reaction to various types of treatments. I am happy to share with you my tenth year in remission. Still a challenge due to late effects of treatment, but if it wasn't for foundations such as St. Baldricks I would not be celebrating such milestone. This year I was honored to be an Ambassador for the St. Baldricks Foundation celebration during St. Patricks Day at Goose's Acre in The Woodlands, Texas. I am proud to say that like many others I shaved my head to raise money for cancer research and I hope to continue doing so for many years. I hope that I can inspire others to help out and get involved. Thanks, Rafael, Agustin and Cristina

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