Honored Kid

Lorenzo V.

Age 14
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Location

Chicago Heights, IL, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

March 2008

Status

No evidence of disease

Treated At

University of Illinois Hospital & Medical Center

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My Story

Lorenzo was diagnosed in May 2008. He caught a virus with a fever that was not going away with medication the Doctor prescribed. We brought him back to his Doctor who ran blood work, and immediately sent us to UIC Hospital for further testing. Waiting for those results was the hardest couple days of my life. We received the news that our baby had ALL(Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) we were just frozen with shock, we have all heard of leukemia before but of course we never expected it to happen to us. We all seem to take life for granted and never really appreciate what we have until it is changed in some way. Having to watch my child go through spinal taps, chemo treatments, mood changes and everything else that comes along with ALL as a parent you feel so helpless. Lorenzo has proven just how strong he is... thankfully he is responding well to treatment and is currently in maintenance until June of 2011. Lorenzo is such an energetic little boy, we sometimes have to slow him down. He loves everything from Diego, WWE, to anything superheroes. Most of all he enjoys being at home where he can play with his two older brothers and older sister. He is an inspiration to all of us, he is our " Superman" and I couldn't imagine my life without him. We are so happy to say that Lorenzo had is last chemotherapy treatment in July 2011, he has check-ups every 3 months, and has no evidence of disease. Together we can win this fight against childhood cancer so all children can live healthy and carefree..

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