Honored Kid

Jenna C.

Age 14
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Location

Olathe, KS, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

August 2011

Status

In maintenance

Treated At

The Children's Mercy Hospital

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My Story

I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when I was only 2.5 years old. I am now 4.5 and in remission, but continue to actively receive chemotherapy and will do so until February 2014. I have just started to realize that not all kids have to take chemo and that they don't have ports and get frequent "back tests" (lumbar punctures). I was so young when I was diagnosed that I think that being treated for cancer as a preschooler is a normal part of life, just like swimming, dancing, and telling knock-knock jokes. This makes my mom and dad sad, but they are grateful that my oncology team focuses on quality of life, so I have the opportunity to lead as normal of childhood as possible. Fortunately, my chances of survival are good. Many other kids diagnosed with cancer will not survive. Only the future will tell whether or not I face long-term side effects from the same medicines that were used to save my life. 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.

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