Honored Kid

Dean Hirsch

Age 18
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Location

Cypress, CA, US

Diagnosis

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Date of Diagnosis

April 2012

Status

No evidence of disease

Treated At

Children's Hospital of Orange County

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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. Dean was a completely healthy, never sick, kid who had even received the perfect attendance award at school the year before. Two days after his super fun, double digits, 10th bday celebration, Dean complained of stomach/rib pain. After a long five weeks of visits to the ER and numerous hospital stays and extensive screening procedures, Dean was finally diagnosed with Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma. He started chemotherapy immediately. He endured 5 rounds of high dose chemo and 3 rounds of lower dose chemo and completed his therapy on December 31st, 2012. His first set of post chemo scans looked good and he is going to have his next post treatment scans next week, one year after this journey began. Dean loves God and family and sports and fun. He is passionate about playing soccer and hopes to one day be a pro. He is also a really good unicyclist, that he self-taught himself to ride in 2 hours, while recovering the month after his final chemo. Dean is a fighter and strong and brave and courageous. He looks to Deuteronomy 31:6 for inspiration. His favorite fighting song was/is Bob Marley's, "Three Little Birds." Dean is sure to continue to inspire others with his story and bravery. Please join Dean and his family on helping kids fight cancer. St. Baldrick's is one of the best organizations that gives a very large percent to the actual cause. If you want to truly help a child help fight cancer, please join Dean's fight alongside the heros of St. Baldrick's Foundation! Thank you and NEGU!!!

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