Honored Kid

Grace Dirks

Age 23
Grace Dirks Kid Photo


Baton Rouge, LA, US


Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

May 2006



Treated At

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital

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My Story

I was diagnosed at 5 years old in May 2006 with anaplastic ependymoma (grade III) after I started having headaches. I had a surgery in which they were able to completely resect the tumor followed by 2 months of radiation therapy. I was able to return to 1st grade that August and now I'm in my first year of medical school. My journey fighting cancer brought me to a place in life where I will be able to help other kids and families affected by disease. I want to make sure all kids have the chance to live their dreams because it is a wonderful gift. This year I have been able to participate in fundraising for St. Baldrick's through LSUHS's Geaux Bald organization. I served at the co-representative for 1st year medical students and volunteered at the event. My class of medical students ended up raising the most between the 2 classes and we had lots of participation on Shave Day. It is through research that the medical field moves forward. I hope that through my efforts new and better treatment methods can be found to save lives and minimize both short and long term side effects.

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