Honored Kid

Benjamin W.

Age 12
Benjamin W. Kid Photo

Location

Annapolis, MD, US

Diagnosis

Ewing sarcoma

Date of Diagnosis

May 2014

Status

In treatment

Treated At

Johns Hopkins Children's Center

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My Story

Ben is a strong, courageous, and joyful 7 year old boy. He loves his three sisters and he loves The Lord. On May 14, 2014, after a bump was found on his back, he was sent for X-rays and then immediately to our local Emergency Room. From there he was transported to Johns Hopkins Children's Center. By 3 am we had pediatric oncologists in his room talking about CANCER. Our lives were forever turned upside down. After a week of biopsies, scans, and tests we found out he had a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing's Sarcoma on his 10th rib. Ben's treatment for Ewing's, to date, has included 15 rounds of chemotherapy, 10 days of radiation, and a major surgery to remove ribs 9,10, and 11. He will have a total of 17 rounds of chemotherapy upon completion of his treatment, due to end in mid March 2015. During that time he has had multiple fever admissions to Johns Hopkins, roughly 16 blood transfusions, 6 platelet transfusions, injections, along with the normal weekly blood draws and lab checks. Ben has never complained or said no. He faces each day as a new day with courage and bravery. He is our superman and my hero. This has been a long year for our family, but by God's wonderful Grace we are not just surviving cancer, we are trying our best to thrive in it. It has brought our family closer together and has given us a new outlook on life. We are grateful that Ben's treatment has gone so well, but most grateful for the way this experience has taught our family to love well and trust in knowing The Lord has a plan for this. As Ben says, "Don't worry momma, God's got this!" 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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