Honored Kid

John S.

Age 15
John S. Kid Photo


Blue Bell, PA, US


Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

July 2007


In treatment

Treated At

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center

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My Story

My name is John Shapiro and I began my courageous battle when I was 2 1/2 years old. I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, an ependymoma. I had surgery at CHOP and the entire tumor was removed. I then received radiation at Mass. General to take care of microscopic cells. I was doing great until I had a routine MRI, which showed another large tumor in a different area. The tumor metastasized, which is rare. I had surgery again but there was a spot that the surgeon couldn't get. After that, I've had lots of radiation and chemo and I handle it all like a champ! I have lots of friends all the hospitals I go to! My favorite thing to do is go to Kindergarten at Saint Helena School and help in the office. This January, I turned 6! People say I'm a superhero because I help people, but I'm just doing my job!

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