Honored Kid

Andrew A.

Age 7
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Location

Stockton, CA, US

Diagnosis

Rhabdomyosarcoma

Date of Diagnosis

January 2015

Status

In treatment

Treated At

Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center

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My Story

Andrew is a very active little boy who just turned 2 . He loves to play and get into trouble with his twin brother Alex. Andrew and Alex are very close; they love to play, talk, run, and fight all day long. Andrew loves food, especially spaghetti, and likes to watch. Andrew is very sweet and loving, and loves to kiss and touch his Mommy’s face. In December, Andrew had been taking antibiotics for an ear infection. While his ear was getting better, there was something wrong with his left eye. First diagnosed as pink eye, Andrew’s eye became very swollen and became to “stick out.” A new pediatrician ordered a CT scan, which revealed a 4.5cm mass that was pushing his optical socket and surrounded pituitary gland. Andrew underwent an MRI and eventually a biopsy to determine the specific type of cancer. The tumor was deemed inoperable, and Andrew was diagnosed with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma Stage IV. A secondary tumor was also located in his right leg. Andrew was then scheduled for 54 weeks of chemotherapy, as well as 24 sessions of proton beam radiation. Currently, he is on week 30 of his treatment. Throughout treatment, Andrew has remained perseverant, encouraging and loving. Andrew never complains and has stayed very strong throughout this process. We keep praying for our ultimate goal: healing4ever for Andrew.

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