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Honored Kid Dwayne L. Age 12

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Location
Middleburg, FL, US
Diagnosis
Retinoblastoma
Date of Diagnosis
July 2007
Status
Cancer free
Treated At
Nemours Children's Clinic - Jacksonville

Message

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.

Dwayne is 7 years old and he is in the 2nd grade. He was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma (cancer of the eyes) the day before his 1st birthday. He had 12 cycles of chemo and had surgery to remove his first eye when he was 15 months old and after he finished his chemo and the cancer returned to his other eye, he had surgery to have that one removed when he was 2 1/2 years old. One of the chemos he was on caused him to become hard of hearing in both ears.

He has now been cancer-free for almost 5 years (Feb. 2014 will be his 5 year cancer-free anniversary).

He is the happiest little fella I have ever known and everything he does brings joy to him and to all those around him.

He loves music (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are his favorites at the moment), he loves washers and dryers, his favorite movie is Disney's Cars and he likes to be called Lightning for Lightning McQueen. He loves to play his music LOUD and dance to it for hours. He has 2 trampolines--one out back with a net around it and one in the living room with a handle to hold on to. he loves to jump on them for hours, too. He loves the beach, going to the parks, exploring his surroundings whether it is inside a building he has never been in or outside at a campground, fishing pier or where ever we choose to go for the day. He is always up for a new adventure.

He may have lost his sight and may have lost some of his hearing, but he has not lost ANY of his love for life, spunk and curiosity for what the world has to offer him. He is my son and I am so blessed to be his mother
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