Honored Kid

Amber L.

Age 12
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Holly Springs, NC, US



Date of Diagnosis

August 2013


In maintenance

Treated At

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center

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My Story

My name is Amber, and I am a 6 year old little girl who was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a cancer within my eyes, on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. On October 25, 2013, my right eye was removed because the tumor within it was too large to treat effectively and posed a large threat to my life. In order to save my left eye, I have undergone 2 rounds of systemic chemotherapy, 3 rounds of intra-arterial chemotherapy, as well as numerous rounds of cryo- and laser therapies. To begin with I received my chemo locally at Duke Children's Hospital but transferred care to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. I have also received a prosthesis for my right eye that looks amazingly like my left one. I call it my pretend eye. Currently, I have been tumor free for about 2 1/2 years.  I still travel twice a year to see my doctors in NYC to monitor for any new growth. If it grows too close to my optic nerve and escapes my eye before it is detected, there will mostly likely be no treatment to save my life. Please follow and "like" Amber's Aspirations on Facebook for the most recent updates and stories regarding my family's hopes, dreams, and ultimately my journey. 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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