Honored Kid

Abraham Z.

Age 17
Abraham Z. Kid Photo

Location

Spring Grove, IL, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

September 2005

Status

Cancer free

Treated At

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

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My Story

ABRAHAM WAS DIAGNOSED WITH ACUTE LYMPHOBLASTIC LEUKEMIA & COMBINED VARIABLE IMMUNODEFICIENCY SYNDROME ON 9/6/05 . HE HAD CHEMOTHERAPY FOR OVER THREE YEARS AND FINISHED ON 11/9/08. HE HAD MULTIPLE SIDE EFFECTS FROM CHEMOTHERAPY BEYOND WHAT TYPICALLY WAS EXCEPTED. HE WAS IN THE HOSPITAL MORE OFTEN THAN NOT WITH MULTIPLE DIFFERENT INFECTIONS, MOUTH SORES, FEEDING TUBES, FEVERS, FOOT DROP, AND LIVER TOXICITY(JUST TO NAME A FEW) . HE RECEIVED MULTIPLE SPINAL TAPS AND BONE MARROW BIOPSIES. HE RECEIVED MORE RADIATION FROM TEST AND PROCEDURES THAN ANYONE WOULD EVER RECEIVE IN THEIR LIFE. HE EXPERIENCED THIS ALL BEING JUST THREE YEARS OLD. THIS IS THE LIFE HE HAD FOR OVER THREE YEARS. WHY DID THIS HAPPEN TO A BABY OF HIS AGE? THIS IS WHAT ST. BALDRICK'S IS ABOUT...TO FIND A WAY TO BEAT CHILDHOOD CANCER. TO DATE HE IS FREE OF LEUKEMIA AND IMMUNODEFICIENCY. HE STILL HAS VERY RIGID FOLLOW UP CARE AND WILL CONTINUE FOR FIVE YEARS AND BEYOND. HE SPENDS HIS TIME PLAYING SPORTS LIKE HOCKEY, LACROSSE AND FOOTBALL. HE LOVES HIS FRIENDS AT SCHOOL, SPENDING TIME UP NORTH WITH HIS NANA, FISHING, PLAYING OUTSIDE AND SWIMMING WITH HIS COUSINS. HE HAS HAD STRUGGLES IN SCHOOL BUT HAS THE HELP FROM HIS TEACHERS TO BE SUCCESSFUL. HE IS LOVED BY HIS TEACHERS AND CLASSMATES. HE IS A BELOVED SON, GRANDSON AND BIG BROTHER. HE IS LOVED BY ALL. A word from a mother "Even though the diagnosis of CANCER is gone it lives on forever in the hearts and mind of those that have been touched by it. Not a day goes by that you don't think, WHEN WILL "IT" COME BACK TO DESTROY AGAIN..."

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