Honored Kid

Becca M.

Age 7
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Location

Wendell, NC, US

Diagnosis

Neuroblastoma

Date of Diagnosis

January 2016

Status

No evidence of disease

Treated At

Duke University Medical Center

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My Story

Our sweet Becca is one of the happiest girls you'll ever meet! Around 4 weeks of age her right eyelid became droopy. One pediatric ophthalmologist assured us it was just caused by skin irritation, but we began noticing that pupil was also smaller. We did some research, suspected Horner's Syndrome and visited the Duke Eye Center where that diagnosis was confirmed. Horner's can be congenital, or it can be caused by neuroblastoma. We had some tests run at Duke, and on 1/31/16, our 2.5 month old was diagnosed with non high-risk neuroblastoma. She has a small mass in her upper chest on the right side, putting pressure on the third cranial nerve (which controls eyelid movement and pupil dilation). It has spread to her liver, automatically making it a stage IV diagnosis. She began chemo on 2/5/16. Her prognosis is good, and she has handled the first two rounds of chemo like a champ. We are SO grateful that her eye tipped us off that something wasn't right! There were NO other symptoms, and she has been a smiley, happy girl all along. We are grateful to God for the amazing support we have received from friends and family and for the awesome doctors and nurses at Duke University Medical Center who are providing excellent care for our girl (and for us as well). Our eyes have been opened to the number of families in similar situations dealing with pediatric cancer diagnoses. Thank you for supporting Becca 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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