Honored Kid

Joseph S.

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Annapolis, MD, US


Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

March 2007



Treated At

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Johns Hopkins Children's Center

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My Story

Joseph was an extremely brave boy - his motto was "Be Brave Joey". He was diagnosed with AT/RT in March of 2007. During that year he endured 2 biopsies, surgeries, chemo, radiation, and finally a stem cell transplant. He endured all this with a smile on his face. Unfortunately, Joey's cancer returned in May 2010. He was cancer free for about 1 1/2 years. He once again received chemotherapy. He also had Proton Radiation. We spent 2 months in Houston in order to have this done. Again in August of 2011 we found out that his cancer returned. His tumor threatened a nerve that controlled his diaphragm. With no standard treatments available we turned to clinical trials. He was accepted at St. Jude. Unfortunately his past treatments have damaged his arteries in his neck and he suffered mini strokes. He loved to play his PS3 games. He was very social and looked forward to returning to school. One day he hoped to return to playing soccer. He also enjoyed hanging out with dad watching football, baseball and hockey.

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