Honored Kid

Mason Steckler

Age 21
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Location

Bismarck, ND, US

Diagnosis

T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma

Date of Diagnosis

December 2003

Status

Cancer free

Treated At

Children's - St. Paul Sanford Medical Center Bismarck

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My Story

In December of 2003, three year old Mason had a bad cough. The doctor's thought it was pneumonia and sent him home with antibiotics. A week later, the cough persisted. At a second visit to the doctor, an X-ray revealed a tumor that filled half of Mason’s chest, compressing his airway. He was immediately airlifted to Minneapolis. That night, Mason’s condition deteriorated; he was put on a ventilator and underwent emergency radiation to break up the tumor. He was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma and had not only the cancerous tumor, but also cancer in his lymph nodes and bone marrow. Thankfully, Mason survived that night and, after spending six weeks in Minneapolis, returned home and underwent two years of chemotherapy to ensure the cancer did not return.Today, 14-year-old Mason is healthy and active in wresting, football and track and is celebrating 11 years of being cancer free.On March 13, 2015, Mason is shaving his head for the third year in a row to raise funds for the St. Baldrick's foundation. Last year he raised $2,700 for the foundation and his goal for 2015 is $3,000. “Without the life-saving technology at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital, this would have been a very different story,” Melinda, Mason's mom says. “Supporting St. Baldrick’s means supporting research that led to treatments like the one that saved Mason.”

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