Honored Kid

Patrick M.

Age 20
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Location

Louisville, KY, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

July 2004

Status

In treatment

Treated At

Cincinnati Children's Hospital The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Kosair Children's Hospital, Norton Healthcare

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My Story

My name is Patrick McSweeney. I was diagnosed with ALL when I was 5 years, 1 month old. My journey is now nearly 15 years long.  I've relapsed six times.  In 2010, Relapse I, I was treated with high dose chemotherapy for 2 years.  I was off treatment 9 months after that and Relapse II came.  I spent the year in Cincinnati for a bone marrow transplant.  The BMT was a success, but then I relapsed a third time.  I spent the next 4 years being treated in Philadelphia, using experimental T-cell therapy.  The CART-19 treatment engineered my T-cells into killer T-cells to wipe out my B-cells.  The research associated with this experimental therapy was funded, in part, by St. Baldrick's.  I can say that your donations supported the research that gave me a chance to live another day.  


I relapsed for the 6th time in 2018.  The T-cells put me in remission but wouldn't keep me in remission.  So I went through BMT2 at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.  I'm still recovering from this transplant.    


You can help me and my friends battling cancer by donating to St. Baldrick's in my honor. I appreciate your support in trying to find a cure for childhood cancer. Thank you!

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