Honored Kid

Dean Brownworth

Age 24
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Location

Merrick, NY, US

Diagnosis

Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

December 2011

Status

No evidence of disease

Treated At

Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center

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My Story

In November 2011, as a result of a common accident, a slip in the shower, I suffered a concussion. To everybody’s considerable surprise, an MRI revealed a small tumor in my brain. Surgery followed a week later, and the tumor was completely removed, but when the surgeon came into my room he threw me a curve. The tumor was cancerous, a medulloblastoma, and I was told I would need to undergo a year of radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Going through the radiation was the most difficult, and life disrupting, part of my treatments. My Mom and I moved to Boston, in January, for two months of proton radiation therapy at the Burr Proton Center at Mass General Hospital. It was difficult getting to the hospital every morning for a thirty-minute treatment, while constantly fighting nausea and fatigue. Ten weeks of chemo therapy followed at Cohen Childrens Medical Center starting in April and I completed my last treatment in November, almost a year to the day after that fateful slip in the shower. I am now cancer free and I returned back to high school to complete my senior year in January. I was able to rejoin my teammates on the varsity basketball team and contribute to our run to the playoffs. I look forward to the upcoming baseball season and starting college in the fall. This past year has been an ordeal but I have had a great team around me and I would not have overcome this challenge without them. My family, friends, neighbors, doctors, nurses, teachers and coaches have all played a huge part in my recovery. I appreciate everyones contribution. Thank you.

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