Honored Kid

Toni M.

Age 17
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Petal, MS, US


Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)

Date of Diagnosis

October 2013


In treatment

Treated At

University of Mississippi Medical Center Children's Hospital

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My Story

Toni was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in October of 2013-she was 8-years-old. She has been fighting ever since. AML is an aggressive form of leukemia. Toni only had it for about three weeks when she was diagnosed, and it was already all over her body. She underwent an intense 6 month treatment plan that included several long rounds of various chemos. She was hospitalized for most of this time due to her risk for infections. She was very, very sick. She managed to achieve remission throughout this process though and finish her treatment plan. Unfortunately, Toni relapsed about five months after her treatment, and needed a bone marrow transplant. We were very blessed that Toni's younger brother Kam, was a perfect marrow match. He willingly became her donor, and Toni had a bone marrow transplant in October of 2014. This required Toni to take various chemos, anti-rejection meds, and to stay in isolation for 100 days. This time was spent in the hospital and at home. All things considered, Toni did well. She remained cancer free, until her relapse five months after her transplant.   In March of 2015, Toni had to once again start a treatment plan that consisted of various chemos. In April of 2015, Toni was able to receive a Donor Lymphocyte Injection. The doctors collected cells from Kam, and gave them to Toni. This is done so that hopefully Kam's cells will once again take over Toni's body and rid her of this nasty disease called cancer. Toni goes, and will continue to go, to the clinic often, and has had good reports since the DLI. Toni is getting ready to start school, and could not be happier about that. We as a family want to thank you all for your participation and help. We have actually seen the benefits of funding and research during our journey. There are options available now to Toni, and other children, that were not available two years ago. It is amazing the vast knowledge that can be learned and shared, when the funding is available. Unfortunately, childhood cancer seems to be one of the least funded areas of cancer research.   Thank you for supporting Toni 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. Thank you for all you do, Kevin, Lacy, Toni and Kam Marino

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