Honored Kid

Jonah B.

Jonah B. Kid Photo

Location

Collinsville, IL, US

Diagnosis

Wilms or other kidney tumor

Date of Diagnosis

February 2005

Status

Angel

Treated At

SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital

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My Story

Jonah was diagnosed with Wilm's Tumor on September 2, 2005. I can remember Dr. Chu dancing and saying, "This is the best cancer to treat! 95% curable!" In my heart, I knew otherwise. Six weeks later, the right kidney was removed. That was when the nightmare turned worse. Pathology showed that we had a rare aggressive form of the disease. Dr. Chu said the cancer would probably not respond to therapy. But it did! Jonah went into remission on May 17, 2006. Six weeks later on June 26, 2006, we found a softball sized tumor in my baby's abdomen. Nine chemotherapy drugs later, still no response. The last scan we had was on December 15, 2006. The doctor said it was the largest tumor he had ever seen. Basically, the tumor filled his entire abdomen, obstucting all of the organs. My baby never had pain, no morphine. I guess God did grant that prayer. My sweet baby passed away in his bed surrounded by a house full of family and friends, on December 17, 2006. We love and miss our brave man very much!

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