Honored Kid

Dakota Kisling

Age 21
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Location

Lakewood, CO, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

April 2013

Status

Cancer free

Treated At

Children's Hospital Colorado

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My Story

After a sunny, fun-filled, "tree-bashing" spring break in Winter Park, Dakota returned home to find a change in course -- a diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) -- announced just a few days before her 14th birthday. Instead of wrapping up the 8th grade and studying for final exams, Dakota was placed on an immediate and aggressive course of chemotherapy. After 2-1/2 years of treatment, Dakota celebrated completion of treatment on 8/15/15! A warrior at heart, Dakota has managed the good times and the bad, with tenacity, focus, strength and faith. Adamant that cancer does not define her, Dakota has carried on with school, ballroom dancing, skiing, friends & family -- managing the effects of chemotherapy with grace, dignity and determination. An inspiration to many, Dakota's fight has been the ultimate portrayal of bravery. With the hope of returning the tremendous support and encouragement of her medical team, Dakota hopes to pursue a career in Medicine. She is forever grateful for the kindness, generosity and understanding of those that have been involved in her treatment, and is enticed and excited about helping other children fight cancer. Although she continues in chemotherapy until August 2015, Dakota is hopeful and focused on the future. We appreciate the outreach of all, and the outpouring of love and support -- it is truly treasured! Thank you for supporting Dakota 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. Thank you for joining us!

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