Carolyn was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma in January 2003. Her best hope for a cure required that she leave behind family, friends and home and stay in New York City during 8 months of intense treatment that included chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, a stem cell transplant and antibody treatments. Carolyn reached remission 6 months after diagnosis, but treatments aimed at preventing relapse continued for nearly 2 years.
Like most survivors, Carolyn copes with daily challenges caused by the harsh treatments she endured 11 years ago. Unfortunately, kids diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma today receive those same treatments! Carolyn goes to Capitol Hill each year to visit her Congressional representatives and advocate for funding for pediatric cancer research. This year she's taking her advocacy a step further and will be shaving her head at the St. Baldrick's Hero Celebration at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park on Mach 10.