Honored Kid

Austin Q.

Age 16
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Location

Tucson, AZ, US

Diagnosis

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)

Date of Diagnosis

January 2006

Status

Cancer free

Treated At

University of Arizona Medical Center

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My Story

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. Our journey started when Austin was born. Austin was born with Down Syndrome and was having heart issues. At two weeks old Austin had heart surgery. What a strong baby. At that time we were told that Austin had leukemic cells in his blood and we would need to watch for signs of any cancer. This was so much to process but I knew as a Mother we would get through anything because of our faith in God. Austin was your typical baby boy growing and exploring. I noticed that he wasn't feeling well and knew something was not right. After calling his pediatrician to check his blood we were then told that Austin needed a blood transfusion. At that point is when we were told that Austin had AML. I remember them telling me that Austin had cancer and it seemed the world stopped at that moment in time. My child had cancer. I was scared and was so unsure of what we were facing. Austin started chemotherapy immediately and we were off an running on a 9 month treatment plan. This type of leukemia is an aggressive cancer and needed to be treated with high doses of chemotherapy. Austin went through his treatment and was still such a happy baby. I drew from his amazing strength. Here we are 9 years later and I am so blessed to have Austin. He is an amazing young man. I thank God for helping us through this difficult time.

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