Honored Kid

Amy Duarte

Age 39
Amy Duarte Kid Photo


Newton, MA, US


Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

December 1991


Cancer free

Treated At

Floating Hospital for Children

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My Story

At the age of ten, I was diagnosed with T-Cell ALL Leukemia. For awhile my family and I all thought I just had the flu, as my sister was just getting over it. After documenting a month of daily low grade fevers, it was suggested by my pediatrician that we head into The Floating Hospital for a bone marrow test. I was diagnosed later that day, and chemo started December 16, 1991. I did go into remission, however, after being cancer free for 18 months, I relapsed and needed a bone marrow transplant for any chance of a cure. After another round of chemo, radiation, and marrow from my sister, I remained cancer free for the next 15 years, and with hardly any complications! Yet on April 5th of 2009, I became very confused that afternoon and wasn't making any sense. I was rushed to the hospital by a friend, where the doctors discovered a baseball sized tumor sitting on the outer layer of my brain. Luckily I only need surgery, as the tumor was benign. I suppose it's strange how things work, for if it weren't for being in the hospital for that surgery, the doctors never would have discovered that I also had thyroid cancer. Two months later I was back in the hospital having a complete neck dissection, as so many of my lymph nodes tested positive for cancer. I have to say, learning how to speak and swallow all over again at the age of 27 sure presents a challenge! I figured by then that was enough cancer for one lifetime, however, last year, detected by mammogram, breast cancer was found in my left breast. I have since recovered from a bilateral mastectomy, completed reconstruction, and am feeling wonderful! I actually haven't felt this great in a long time... But I told myself this time I could not just sit around, recover, and deal with it; I had to do something, and that is when I came across the St. Baldrick's Foundation. I cannot wait to participate in the St. Baldrick's Events, and to share how imperative the research is on helping to improve the futures of childhood cancer survivors.

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