Honored Kid

Olivia C.

Age 16
Olivia C. Kid Photo


Middletown, DE, US


Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

November 2008


No evidence of disease

Treated At

Alfred I. Dupont Hospital for Children of the Nemours Foundation

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My Story

My daughter (Olivia) was diagnosed on Black Friday with a malignant brain tumor, medulloblastoma. That evening my husband and I literally moved into AI Dupont Children's Hospital. During those first two months Olivia had a three surgeries, one round of chemotherapy, and a blood transfusion. She needed to relearn how to walk and talk. We traveled directly from AI to Boston the morning of January 5th for Olivia to start Proton Radiation at MassGeneral Hospital. During our two month stay, she received 30 rounds of radiation and continued chemotherapy. Since returning to Delaware she has completed four rounds of chemotherapy and still has five more to go. She has a 60-80% chance of surviving 5 years. We have also been told that even though she received Proton and not Photon Radiation, that her cognitive ability will be impacted. While all this was going on, I was pregnant with our second daughter, Gabriella. Olivia is very shy child. She loves spending time with her baby sister, Gabriella. Olivia also loves going to the aquarium and the zoo.

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