Honored Kid

Olivia Vach

Age 22
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Location

Bel Air, MD, US

Diagnosis

Hodgkin lymphoma

Date of Diagnosis

June 2015

Status

Cancer free

Treated At

University of Maryland

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My Story

At age 15, Olivia was a very typical teenager. She was very active and enjoyed playing field hockey and her friends. A few days after playing in a field hockey tournament, Olivia started with pain in her left shoulder. Assuming it was a sports injury, Liv tolerated the pain hoping it would get better soon. Instead, it became more intense and after several images, a large soft tissue mass was discovered in her chest. She was sent to the hospital immediately and was admitted. She endured many tests and a biopsy. On June 1, 2015, Liv was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Even though she was scared, Liv faced her diagnosis with such incredible strength and asked "So, how do we fix this?" She inspired her family, friends and field hockey team to create "Liv Strong" t-shirts to show their support. Liv was very thankful for all of the support from her family & friends but she was especially grateful for her doctors, nurses and caregivers, who are truly remarkable. After chemotherapy and radiation therapy, Liv is now cancer free and a senior in high school.  She is looking forward to attending college and pursuing a degree in social work. 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.

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