Honored Kid

Drake G.

Age 12
Drake G. Kid Photo


Des Moines, IA, US


Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)

Date of Diagnosis

October 2012


In treatment

Treated At

Blank Children's Hospital

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My Story

When Drake was 13 months old, he was diagnosed with AML, or Acute Myeloid Leukemia. We were life flighted to University of Iowa Hospitals where he went under transfer pheresis, or blood transfusions to get his white blood cell count down. A child his age should have around 8,000-10,000 white blood cells, and Drake had 350,000. We underwent his first full round of chemo at the University as well, and then transferred back down to Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines, where we are originally from. Drake has something called Inversion 16. It's a "good" kind of Leukemia, although still very scary considering he has to go through all this at such a young age. He is such an inspiration to all of us. He's our little "Super Fighter" and it amazes us everyday how much strength he has for such a young boy! Drake loves cars, and the Little People toys. He also loves spending time with his older brother, and pulling out all the movies from our cabinet! He's a very intelligent little boy and right now, this is just a bump in the road. We are also very happy to say that after Round 1 of chemo, he shows no signs of abnormal cells in his body! Go Drake, Go!

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