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Honored Kid Conner S. Age 15

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Location
Naperville, IL, US
Diagnosis
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)
Date of Diagnosis
April 2006
Status
In remission
Treated At
Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn
Amplatz Children's Hospital

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After Conner became a big brother began the complaints of his body aches and change in appearance with grey lips & jaundice skin. After multiple doctor visits saying his body aches were from a cold he'd been fighting, the jaundice appearance brought concern and orders to have blood drawn. That afternoon we rushed to OakLawn Children's hospital for the life-changing diagnosis of Leukemia along with the very rare form of Philadelphia Chromosome.

Given the high-risk nature of the Philadelphia Chromsome he began high doses of chemo during week long hospital stays every 3 weeks. After months of research we opted for a bone marrow transplant at University of Minnesota utilizing a donated umbilical cord. Bone Marrow Transplant has a higher cure rate and the results have been amazing. After being away from home for 115 days & living at The Ronald McDonald House we are so thankful to be home.

He is back to a playful, talkative & loving 7 year old. His knowledge of animals is off the charts. He adores his little sister and brother. He handled all the pokes, spinal taps, bone marrow biopsies, daily med's, and clinic visits and hospital stays with an attitude like nothing I've ever seen. He might get worked up but as soon as the event is over he's back to himself and being a kid.
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