Honored Kid

Nelson J.

Age 9
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Location

Belleville, IL, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

March 2014

Status

In treatment

Treated At

St. Louis Children's Hospital

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My Story

I was diagnosed with ALL when I was 5 months old after mommy and daddy took me to the emergency room for what we thought was a bad cold that just kept getting worse. I spent 5 days in the PICU and since then have spent most of my time in the hospital (that's over half my life). I've made lots of friends at St. Louis Children's Hospital; in fact, they are more like extended family because even though, my mommy and daddy gave me life, these are the people who are saving it. Since I was so young when I was diagnosed, my little body had a very rough time with the chemo. I, like most babies who are diagnosed with leukemia, was very sick by the time they I was diagnosed. And treatment for babies with leukemia requires very aggressive chemotherapy. While about 80% of older children with leukemia survive with treatment, less than 50% of babies (1 year or less) survive treatment. Now don't worry, I AM a survivor. And I will continue to survive. But we aren't happy with those numbers. Now that I have moved on to less aggressive chemo and so far all tests have shown I am in remission, it is my family's mission to make sure that other little boys and girls don't have to take the long, hard road I did to just to live. We have participated in every research study we come across and we want to make sure that there is funding to continue to find better, less painful ways to treat childhood cancers--especially for the little guys like me. Please help us in this fight by supporting St. Baldrick's. They provide more funding for childhood cancer research than any other private entity. No one fights alone, and we can't do it without your help.

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