Honored Kid

Connor Crooks

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Location

Bernardsville, NJ, US

Diagnosis

Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

February 2014

Status

Passed away

Treated At

Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center Goryeb Children's Hospital NYU Langone Medical Center Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian

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My Story

After surviving birth at 25 weeks and a 100 day NICU stay, shortly before Connor's birthday a mass was found on his brain. This mass was not any mass, but something none of our doctors have ever seen before with less than 10 cases documented worldwide, a rhabdosarcoma of the the CNS. Connor endured 2 brain surgeries, 3 port surgeries, 6 rounds of high dose and highly toxic chemotherapy, 7 stem cell retrievals, 28 rounds of radiation, over 130 nights in the hospital away from his twin and 7 weeks away from home in Boston. We finished his intense protocol 10 months after we started, to find out in his post treatment scan that four new tumors were growing and one in the pons area of the brain which is inoperable and already received its lifetime dose of radiation. That day we moved from cure to care and tried to fit as much life and love into the time we had left. He will always be #supercon. Erincrooks.wordpress.com

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