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Honored Kid Hunter W. Age 12

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Raleigh, NC, US
Germ cell tumor
Date of Diagnosis
August 2016
In treatment
Treated At
Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center


My name is Hunter Wise and I'm 11 years old. I loved to play baseball, soccer, ride my skateboard and spent lots of hours playing with my friends. Then I started feeling bad and tired all the time. My Dad and Mom took me to the emergency room and I found out I was pretty sick.

My first brain surgery was May 2015 to remove a tumor/cyst. I had another brain surgery one week later due to complications. When I was released from the hospital I had double vision, Diabetes incipidis (uncontrollable thirst), an inability to regulate my internal thermostat, headaches, nausea, and constant fatigue with the least little bit of activity.

On my 10th birthday in October 2015, I had my 3rd and most invasive brain surgery because the tumor had grown back. They removed it, did a lot of testing and said we'd keep an eye on it.

In July 2016, I had another MRI and spinal tap because my symptoms were getting worse and I was having a lot of back pain. I was sleeping a lot more too. They found another tumor in a different place and said I would have to have another surgery and they would do a spinal tap.

I had my 4th brain surgery and another spinal tap on August 18, 2016. The tumor turned out to be cancer but they had to do another spinal tap.

The result came back on my spinal fluid and it is cancer, too. That means I have 2 types of cancer. A rare choriocarcinoma and germinoma.
I have to start 18 weeks of chemotherapy treatment starting September 14, 2016 and then I have to have radiation. I'm sad that I have to spend another birthday in the hospital but they say I have to do this if I want to get better. I'm a fighter and I want to make my family proud so I will fight hard.
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