Honored Kid

Kevin S.

Age 19
Kevin S. Kid Photo

Location

Clinton Township, MI, US

Diagnosis

Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia

Date of Diagnosis

December 2000

Status

Cancer free

Treated At

Karmanos Cancer Center

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My Story

Kevin was diagnosed with a very rare form of Leukemia - Juvenile Myelomononocytic Leukemia (JMML) - when he was four months old. The doctors told his family that this was, in actuality, a form of adult leukemia. Because JMML is so rare, the doctors were stumped as to how to treat this disease in such a young person and put Kevin on an aggressive, trial-by-error treatment. He eventually needed a Bone Marrow Transplant, during which he almost died because of a undetected virus that wiped out his immune system. He became very sick, had multiple systems failure, a collapsed lung and was, eventually, put in a drug induced coma. The doctors didn't think Kevin was going to make it, but each time they were running out of options, a new research study would be released that would help Kevin and his prognosis! His father and mother credit the research community in helping Kevin to be cancer free today. Kevin's father, Paul, is very excited to participate in a St. Baldrick's event this year as a shavee. He feels that if he can help raise funds for childhood cancer research, he will participate in helping find a cure for other children with cancer. Today, Kevin is a lively and extremely happy 2nd Grader. He is a shining star to everyone who meets him!

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