Honored Kid

Callan K.

Age 11
Callan K. Kid Photo


New Orleans, LA, US


Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

December 2015


In maintenance

Treated At

Ochsner Medical Center

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My Story

Callan was diagnosed with leukemia in 2015 just five days before Christmas. His story, like all cancer patients, involves pain and suffering. What is amazing about Callan is how he dealt with the pain. The first week of treatment Callan watched the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, during which he would be still and calm. At only three years old, he had never seen a single Star Wars movie, but became obsessed. With just the trailer for the movie, the force awakened in a determined little three year old. Today, Callan still uses the Force to fight cancer. At clinic he is known as Star Wars Callan. His chemo and his port are just part of his Jedi training. Thank you for supporting Callan and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. The Force is strong with him, but he is not a cured Jedi yet. We are happy that he is doing so well. We are not happy that his treatment leaves him with neuropathic leg pain and in physical therapy at least three times per week. When they have a full head of hair and "look healthy" they are actually still fighting. He still takes oral chemo every day, steroids five days per month, IV chemo once a month, and if memory serves me he just had his 23rd lumbar puncture. I'm grateful that any kind of treatment helps my child to live, but we can do better. These kids need less toxic solutions and options that don't leave them with lifelong side effects. I still consider myself one of the lucky ones, and am happy for every beautiful minute I get with my Callan. Your research, time, talent, and money can provide a cure, so that Callan and every kid like him can send cancer to the dark side.

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