Honored Kid

Michael F.

Age 17
Michael F. Kid Photo


Camarillo, CA, US


Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

May 2011


In remission

Treated At

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

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My Story

Our little guy, Michael, is an amazing kid. Although He is a quiet kid, you fall in love with his sweet heart. Like most kids, Michael loves sports and going to school to play with friends. Just as Michael had reached the age where he was beginning to enjoy these things he was diagnosed with Early Precursor T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Although he was a slow early responder Michael reached remission after his first month of treatment. Unfortunately his Marrow Residual Disease (MRD) was still high, putting him into the High Risk group. They continued to check his marrow throughout the next two months of treatment each time time coming back with a positive MRD. With this information combined with the early precursor, which is known to have a very high relapse rate, it was decided that the best treatment for Michael would be a bone marrow transplant. On October 25, 2011 after a very long week of conditioning Michael received his new cells from his 2 year old brother Ethan. They were a perfect match. After 54 days of isolation in the hospital Michael made it home to spend Christmas with his family. He just passed his 100 days post transplant and is enjoying life as a 5 year old should.

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