Honored Kid

Derek Smyk

Age 22
Derek Smyk Kid Photo


Shelby , MI, US


Ewing sarcoma

Date of Diagnosis

December 2005



Treated At

Children's Hospital of Michigan

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My Story

Derek was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma when he was five years old. Doctors at Children's Hospital removed his femur bone in the left leg. After a year of Chemo, he thankfully went into remission. Last August Dr. Mott removed the spacer in his leg and implanted an expandable rod, Derek was the first child in Michigan to receive this unique procedure. As he grows they use a large magnet to stretch his leg and expand the device in his leg. Derek is now eleven and cancer free, thanks to wonderful doctors, countless prayers and selfless individuals like you who support organizations like St. Baldrick's.

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