Honored Kid

Kelly Drake

Age 26
Kelly Drake Kid Photo


Hillsborough, NJ, US


Hodgkin lymphoma

Date of Diagnosis

January 2010


No evidence of disease

Treated At

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

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My Story

When you meet this 5 ft 10 in 14-year old, you can't help but smile and get caught up in her positive attitude and energy. She is full of energy and enjoys year-round sports as a competition cheerleader, basketball player and softball player. She loves and cherishes her time spent with family and friends, but her most enjoyable interest and her most precious quality is her love of children. It was this spirit and resilience that gave her the strength to take on the battle of her life. Diagnosed with hodgkins lymphoma at the age of twelve, Kelly endured five months of chemotherapy and radiation for a bulk mass in her chest. In March 2012, she celebrated 21-months with no evidence of disease. Kelly celebrates every day of health and continues her battle and the battle of others with childhood cancer. As an 8th grader, she has participated in dance marathons, fashion shows and a multitude of walks to raise money to help those with cancer and to ultimately find a cure. She finds time to visit the cancer ward at Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick to visit the patients, including an 11-year old neighbor who was diagnosed with cancer last year. When hearing about St Baldrick's, Kelly wanted to help by telling her story and hoping others would join the cause to help. Kelly has stated, "I will never stop fighting for a cure!! There are so many children out there who need a reason to believe....and I believe one day we will find a cure!!" Let's all believe and make it a reality!!

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