Honored Kid

Brooks T.

Age 5
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Cleveland, OH, US


Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

March 2022


In maintenance

Treated At

Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital

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My Story

Our very active and seemingly healthy son Brooks was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia on March 16, 2022. He initially presented with prominent pain in his leg and was misdiagnosed with a fracture. We were lucky to schedule with an orthopedic surgeon that checked his blood for infection and he was diagnosed with ALL the next day. He was put on a 2.5-3.5 year treatment plan at the Cleveland Clinic's Children's Hospital with a favorable prognosis. One year post diagnosis and Brooks is now in what is considered the "maintenance phase" of treatment -- the goal of this phase is to prevent relapse and the next couple of years he will remain on outpatient chemotherapy and steroid treatment through IV, oral and spinal. He will be able to attend school in the fall and so far has spent a lot less time at the clinic. We are so fortunate to have an outstanding healthcare team and to live down the street from one of the best children's hospitals. We're blessed with an incredible community that lifts us every single day. And so far, Brooks has proven to be the strongest and most resilient little boy we've ever met -- big brother Elliott has been pretty amazing too. Thank you for supporting Brooks 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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