Honored Kid

Amelia H.

Age 20
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Location

Annapolis, MD, US

Diagnosis

Neuroblastoma

Date of Diagnosis

March 2003

Status

Cancer free

Treated At

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Johns Hopkins Children's Center

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My Story

Amelia Hantske was born in Annapolis a perfectly healthy, beautiful baby girl. When she was ten months old we found a bump on the top of her head. Little did we know that it was only the tip of the iceberg. Amelia had three tumors and was diagnosed with stage IV, n-myc amplified, high risk, neuroblastoma, an often-deadly childrens cancer of the sympathetic nervous system. Amelia was hospitalized three out of every four weeks for six months. She had six rounds of high-dose chemotherapy, multiple surgeries and a stem-cell transplant. Then she traveled to New York City for twelve rounds of radiation therapy and ten months of antibody immunotherapy. Amelia has been free of disease since August 2003. The late-effects of her cancer treatment include high frequency hearing loss, weak malformed teeth and very short stature. It has been six years since her diagnosis and we are eternally grateful for her health and the many doctors and nurses who have worked so hard to provide her the best treatment and care. We continue to live with the knowledge that this beast, neuroblastoma, could still be lurking in our lives, so we quietly live each day to the fullest. Childrens cancer affects whole families. It shows no mercy. We need to find a cure. Please help us in our fight to conquer neuroblastoma. Please help save a child's life.

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