The Children's Hospital of PhiladelphiaAnn & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital
My brother Kenny fought for almost three years and succumbed to Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the blood, in February 1971 just 6 weeks short of his 8th birthday. Back then there was a 3 % survival rate for this type of leukemia. My parents donated his body to cancer researchers so that, hopefully, other kids wouldn’t have to go through what he did. In fact, a few short years later (1975-77), the survival rate shot up to 58%. I know that my Brother Kenny’s experience enabled doctors to better understand this disease and has helped save hundreds, if not thousands of lives. As of 2006, the survival rate for ALL is 89%. We need to get this to 100% so that other kids won’t have to suffer like my brother and the tens of thousands of others with childhood cancers.
By the way, he was a kid with a big heart and sense of humor. His sister (Vicky) and brother he never got to know (Eric) and I miss him a lot!
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