Honored Kid

Joseph S.

Age 17
Joseph S. Kid Photo

Location

Overland Park, KS, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

December 2012

Status

In treatment

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My Story

Thank you for supporting me and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure. My name is Joseph and I'm your typical 8 year old boy. I love to run, swim, wakeboard, play with friends, play baseball, basketball, football, soccer, or any other sport involving a ball. I love my family, including my dog Quincy. I love life. I love people and I love to make them laugh. I'm the baby of the family, and with two older sisters, I guess I'm a little spoiled! But I love my sisters and nothing comes between us. And until this diagnosis, I've always been healthy. Everything changed for me and my family on December 5, 2012. Hearing I have A.L.L. was horrible. I didn't know what it meant or how my life was going to change. I just knew it was pretty serious. Then I heard I was going to loose my hair and that was really scary. Being sick was one thing, no one could really tell, but loosing my hair was telling the world that I was sick, and more than that, I was different from everyone else. But I have amazing friends and they all shaved their heads with me. It's so great knowing you have people who love you enough to do something like that and you're never really alone in any of this. So I am three months into my three year treatment and I'm doing really well. I am playing basketball and soccer. I am back in school too. I know the next three years will be a challenge, but I know I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me! I also know I DO NOT fight alone. My dad ordered bracelets for all of us that say that and it always makes me feel better knowing we are in this together. Cancer can make you feel pretty lousy, but the love and support I feel from my family and friends is the BEST medicine in the world! Thank you for supporting me and fighting WITH me!!

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