Honored Kid

Andrew Sugalski

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Location

Cleveland, OH, US

Diagnosis

Wilms or other kidney tumor

Date of Diagnosis

September 2022

Status

Angel

Treated At

Cleveland Clinic 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. Andrew was a happy, healthy 5 year old. He was doing everything a normal 5 year old boy would do. His birthday is in July and his 5 year check up was perfect. Fast forward to September 9 when he started to have abdominal pain and vomiting. His symptoms were that of the common GI bug, so we assumed that was the cause. Over the next week, he continued to have intermittent abdominal pain and was always holding his right side. Along with the pain, Andrew had low grade fevers as well. After picking him up from school with complaints of severe right sided pain, we went to the ER thinking he had appendicitis. We were sent home with a diagnosis of constipation. The next 3 days he continued to have intermittent pain and fevers so we took him back to the ER where they did an ultrasound...this was when we received the news that turned our lives upside down. Andrew had a mass on his kidney which was highly suspicious of Wilms Tumor. Over the last 6 months, Andrew has undergone 2 grueling surgeries to remove the tumor and his right kidney and place a port for his chemotherapy. They were unable to safely remove the tumor during the 1st surgery, so he had 6 weeks of chemotherapy which shrunk the tumor enough to safely remove it. The biopsy showed that Andrew has a rare form of Wilms Tumor...DAWT (Diffuse Anaplastic Wilms Tumor), only 10% of Wilms have this histology. This means his cancer is more difficult to treat and higher rate of recurrence. Thankfully, newer research is being done and he was able to be started on a regimen that has shown very favorable results for stage 4 DWAT. He will undergo 42 weeks of chemotherapy and required 14 fractions of radiation to his abdomen and right lung. Andrew is a true superhero and has shown extremely positive results so far. He has tolerated his treatments as well as we could have ever hoped and has shown bravery beyond belief. Please help us continue to fight for these kids, they don't deserve to go through any of this. 

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