Honored Kid

Giovanni H.

Age 16
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Location

Reno, NV, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

January 2008

Status

In treatment

Treated At

Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland

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My Story

Erik Diaz, one of Giovanni's Godparents and our dear friend is shaving his head tomorrow, March 14th at the Westfield Galleria in Roseville. Please show your support for Giovanni by pledging your support for Erik's valiant effort. Just click on the find participant tab above and type in Erik Diaz. Thank you Fluff. This fundraiser directly impacts services provided to children locally in Northern Nevada and California, including Giovanni. March, 2009: Giovanni has undergone 13 months of treatment, with 25 more to go. He is currently in maintenance therapy which consists of taking meds at home and visiting the pediatric oncology clinic at Renown Medical Center once a month for IV and every third month IT (intrathecal - chemo delivered to the spinal fluid via lumbar puncture). The treatment is long and taxing, but Giovanni is doing well given what he is up against. Giovanni enjoys playing with his Isabella, his baby sister, born this summer during his most intense course of treatment. He recently enjoyed just being a kid, albeit a VIP during his Make A Wish trip to Disney World in Florida. We hope that he will be able to attend school in the fall and join his peers in first grade. He recently discovered a passion for Indiana Jones and Star Wars. He watched all 6 Star Wars during a 4 day hospital stay earlier this year. Please do what you can for St. Baldrick's to help Giovanni and other children fighting cancer. February, 2008: Giovanni is a rambunctious young man, but the last few weeks of treatment have mellowed him out and matured him significantly. He enjoys doing arts and crafts projects at the hospital. Giovanni is a new patient at Children's Hospital Oakland - he will likely undergo most of his treatments in Reno, but much of his treatment plan is still unknown. He is anxiously awaiting the arrival of his new baby sister. He looks forward to teaching her how to be a pirate and how to find pretty rocks in the desert.

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