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Honored Kid Justin S. Age 16

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Location
Sugar Land, TX, US
Diagnosis
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)
Date of Diagnosis
March 2015
Status
In maintenance
Treated At
Texas Children's Hospital

Message

Thank you for supporting me 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.

I was on vacation in Orlando, Florida when I got sick. The next thing I remember was being put on a plane taking me back to Houston. Soon after I arrived in Houston, I went into a coma. While I was in a coma due to acute liver failure, a bone marrow biopsy was done and my parents learned that I also had ALL, acute lymphoblastic leukemia. I was suffering from hepatic encephalopathy and was in a coma for 9 days and not expected to wake up as my brain continued to swell, my parents were warned that I may be disabled even if I received a new liver. Miraculously, I woke up and was responsive. I received the gift of a new liver on March 31, 2015 and will be forever grateful to my donor family. There were many complications as I am the first patient to receive a liver with active ALL but I was released from the hospital after 97 days. I am currently in treatment for ALL and my liver is tolerating the chemotherapy well. I hope more people will learn that cancer in kids needs more research and funds to support that research. Go bald like me and support a great cause!
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