Honored Kid

Makayla Duda

Makayla Duda Kid Photo


Waconda, IL, US



Date of Diagnosis

May 2011


Passed away

Treated At

cardinal glennon Lutheran General Hospital

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My Story

Makayla was a 6 year old warrior! She was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma at just 2 years old.  Since May of 2011 she has had countless chemotherapy treatments, hospital stays, 28 days of radiation and major surgery.  Her surgery was 6 hours long durning which they remove her spleen, part of her pancreas, the top section of her large intestines, and stomach tissue.  The doctor told me that when she was in there she did see a bunch of spots of her small intestines but was unable to just cut the pieces out.  Since Makayla no longer has a spleen she has to take penicillin until she's at least 18. Her new chemotherapy plan was extremely hard on her little body.  She started a new plan Dec 12th, 2013 and was in the hospital for a total of 15 days the first month she got so sick. She started proton radiation for 5-6 weeks. It amazed me that my little warrior had been through so much but could still put a smile on her face every single day! 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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