Honored Kid

Kaylyn W.

Age 21
Kaylyn W. Kid Photo

Location

Columbia, SC, US

Diagnosis

Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

November 2002

Status

In remission

Treated At

Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center MUSC Children's Hospital Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital

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My Story

Kaylyn was diagnosed, at the age of 2, with a supratentorial anaplastic ependymoma grade III in Nov 2002. Depending upon which doctor you talked with, they gave her between a 10 and 30 per cent chance of surviving. From that November to the following June, she had 2 head surgeries and 5 rounds of chemotherapy (at Palmetto Richland), then another chemotherapy and an autologous stem cell transplant (at MUSC). She was tumor free. Then in Aug 2004, on a routine MRI checkup, we found that the tumor had returned. She had another surgery and Proton Beam radiation treatment (at Mass General). She has been tumor free since, a period of over 12 years. Today, she is a normal active 17 year old young woman, who is going to become a chef after high school graduation in 2018. We want to thank everyone who gives of their time, energy, and money to assist in helping the children with cancer and their families. We look forward to the day when nobody needs to hear that their child has cancer. We want to thank everyone who gives of their time, energy, and money to assist in helping the children with cancer and their families. We look forward to the day when nobody needs to hear that their child has cancer.

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