Honored Kid

Robbie Crowell

Age 31
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Location

Lake Villa, IL, US

Diagnosis

Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

March 1999

Status

Cancer free

Treated At

Advocate Children's Hospital - Park Ridge

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My Story

When I was nine years old they found a tumor in my brain and the doctors had to perform emergency brain surgery to remove it. If my parents did not take me in to the doctor that day, the doctor said I would not have made it another day. Even though it was a very dangerous operation, I made it through and the tumor was removed. Unfortunately there were still cancerous cells in my body. I went through many treatments of chemo therapy and radiation for 18 months. It was very hard going through this at such a young age. Even when I was done with Chemo and radiation and was in remission, I couldn’t do a lot of things that my friends and cousins could do, like play contact sports. Before I had cancer I loved playing sports, like floor hockey. This disease not only affected my life while growing up, but effected my entire family as well. They were always there through the whole process. I was very lucky to have such a loving family to help me get through everything. In 2009 I was officially cancer free, and after going through all of this I consider myself a warrior! I know I am strong because of everything that I went through, and I am looking forward to the rest of my life and trying to be the best I can. I know I am not the only one who has gone through this battle and that is why our one goal is truly the goal to find a cure to end cancer!

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