Honored Kid

Greyson Gagliardo

Age 22
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Location

Claxton, GA, US

Diagnosis

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)

Date of Diagnosis

May 2010

Status

In remission

Treated At

Children's Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center

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My Story

Greyson was diagnosed with AML in Novemeber of 2010. Before the diagnosis Grey was on the football team, loving school and just returned from Atlanta after being filmed in a music video. After returning from his trip he started to come down what we all thought was a cold. He had a fever, sore throat and general aches but nothing out of the ordinary. His regular doctor gave him some antibiotics for what anyone would have thought was strep throat. In the following days, there was no improvement. He then developed a rash and sore throat that worsened. That is when we went to the Memorial Hospital Emergency room in Savannah. At the hospital the doctors were telling us possible diagnosis such as meningitis, rocky mountian spotted fever - but leukemia was never in our minds. Greyson's rash was so concerning they admitted him straight to the Pediatric Intensive care unit. In the next 48 hours our world was turned upside down. More words were thrown at us: Medical coma, Intubation, Bone marrow aspiration and the worst word of all for us - Leukemia. Greyson was placed in a coma and intubated while recieving his first course of chemotherapy. We were so terrified of what this all meant, but we knew that we were in great hands at Memorial and that all his Doctors, Nurses and Technicians had only the best wishes for Grey. The chemotherapy pharmacists even prayed on Greyson's chemo prior to sending it up for his treatment. Throughout all of this - I have learned one thing. Greyson is a strong and brave young man. It is unbelievable how he - and other children receiving chemtherapy - don't complain more than they do. If it were any adult receiving the same treatment - it would be difficult to get out of bed. Greyson is an inspiration and so are all the children I have met in the hospital fighting cancer. Please give, so that children diagnosed with cancer in the future may not have to go through so much of this harsh treatment and that instead of having only a %75 cure rate - we are assured a 100% cure rate.

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