As a newborn, I battled Neuroblastoma and many complications from side effects of the cancer. When I left Rainbow in April of 2013, I was in full remission. Although I left with a tracheostomy tube, I hit the ground running. The day before my first birthday, the tube came out. At the routine scan in February 2014, we found out that the tumor had grown a little and other markers indicated that the cancer was back. I underwent successful surgery for tumor removal and biopsies at the end of February 2014. Scans since then have come back clean, and I haven't had to undergo any further treatment.
As of 2016, I am a cancer survivor! Survivorship doesn’t always come without complications. I fight every step of the way. I have had several surgeries since I was cleared of cancer. Doctors visits and checkups can still be hard, but this is my life and this is what I know. It’s not what I chose, but this is what I have to do.
I enjoy swimming, ballet, modern dance, acting, singing, playing my trumpet, and drawing! I love princesses and especially love to bake and sew.
St. Baldrick's funds lots of research for the cancer I had. Because of the money we raise here, another kid will have a success story like mine. It also helps survivors like me. St. Baldrick’s knows that survivors can have complications. My family and I appreciate that the organization takes every part of the cancer process into consideration when raising funds and awareness.
Thank you to those who are shaving or donating in my honor! I have had a great team of support since the beginning; especially from my dad. He grows his hair starting on my birthday and shaves it at the event. Thank you for supporting me and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Cancer can't be beaten alone. We kids have very few choices. We do not choose to get cancer and we don't choose to lose our hair. By making the choice to support us — either by shaving your head or by donating — you are standing with us. For that we are all thankful.
XO - Cordelia