Honored Kid

Mya B.

Age 9
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Location

Salem, OR, US

Diagnosis

Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

August 2012

Status

No evidence of disease

Treated At

OHSU Doernbecher Children's hospital

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My Story

At 21 months old Mya Jane Brandt was diagnosed with medulloblastoma (an aggressive brain cancer). After brain surgery to remove the large brain tumor, 7 months of chemotherapy and welcoming her baby sister into the world she was released to live a treatment free existence with follow up MRI's to be scheduled every three months. At her second follow up MRI it was discovered that her tumor was growing back. It was also found to have spread cells to her spinal fluid. She underwent another brain surgery to remove the new tumor. Surgery was followed by more chemotherapy in extremely high doses and a stem cell transplant that she almost didn't survive. Soon after she was released from the hospital following her stem cell transplant she underwent daily radiation to her entire brain and spine with a boost the tumor bed for over 6 weeks. Soon after completing all of that treatment she suffered from radiation somnolence and we feared the worst. After weeks of unexplained fevers, lethargy, pain and minimal alertness she began to recover. She slowly but surely regained her sparkle!  Four years later our hearts are overflowing with gratitude to still be loving on our beautiful little girl. We know so many other families that no longer have that same opportunity. This being a huge reason we want to do our part to help find cures that will increase long term survival with less harmful side effects and support those who are traveling down the sometimes seemingly unbearable road of childhood cancer, diagnosis through survivorship.  Thank you for supporting Mya 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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