Honored Kid

Abigail R.

Age 11
Abigail R. Kid Photo


Chelmsford, MA, US


Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

September 2010


In treatment

Treated At

Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center Floating Hospital for Children

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My Story

Abby (we call her Beezy) is a silly, affectionate, smart, feisty 3 year old girl who loves pasta, chocolate, princesses, shoes and playing rough with her big brother, Christopher. She's a Daddy's girl and loves to have her nails painted. On September 8, 2010, every parent's worst nightmare came true for us. Doctors discovered that our 18-month old baby girl had a 3cm mass on her brain. After a full resection and 30 proton radiation treatments we began the "watch and wait" process, which consisted of brain and spine MRI's at 3 month intevals. In January 2012, there was an area of enhancement that concerned our radiation oncologist. Two MRI's later confirmed our nightmare had returned. Abby had another tumor. On May 8th, 2012, Abby had another full resection. 65 hours after being put under anesthesia for brain surgery, we were discharged. Abby was jumping on her trampoline the very next day! We are about to begin a second round of proton radiation. 28-30 treatments, Monday-Friday.

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