Honored Kid

Joe the Great! M.

Age 15
Joe the Great! M. Kid Photo


Arvada, CO, US


Hodgkin lymphoma

Date of Diagnosis

May 2013


Cancer free

Treated At

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center

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My Story

Hi! My name is Joe the Great! You all know me as Joe or Joe Joe or Joe Mo or Joseph or Joseph David James (that last one means i'm in trouble.) I found out I have Hodgkin Lymphoma on May 17, 2013 and I started treatment a week later. 

I don't know how I got the bump in my neck, but my Mom saw it and took me to the doctor, who said to watch it because it probably was just from having a cold or something. She called it a lymph node. In March 2013 the bump wasn't any smaller so I went back to my doctor and they did a bunch of tests that didn't tell us anything. So my doctor said I should go see a doctor that knew about neck bumps. I had surgery on 5/16/13 to get the bump out. When it was out the doctor said it was the size of a Cadbury egg (like the easter candy.) She said she also found one the size of her thumb behind the egg and took it out too. The lymph nodes were sent to get lots and lots of tests done. The tests are probably still going on. But they did this one test and found out I had Hodgkin Lymphoma. I was told it's cancer, but I don't really know what that is, but my Mom and Dad did. 

Today I am in remission and I have learned that cancer sucks, but I am Joe the Great and I will win!  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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