Honored Kid

Carter G.

Age 10
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Location

Terre Haute, IN, US

Diagnosis

Neuroblastoma

Date of Diagnosis

October 2015

Status

No evidence of disease

Treated At

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent

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My Story

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 diagnosed with stage IV High Risk Neuroblastoma 1 week after my 4th Birthday. I had a small chance of survival. My treatment plan was 1.5 years long! I endured 6 rounds of chemo, major resection of my large mass, 2 stem cell transplants, 20 rounds of raduation, and 6 months of Immunotherapy.  In March 2017 I finished treatment, and finally heard the words NED (No evidence of disease) the next 5 years I will have frequent scans to try to catch relapse quickly. I am very high risk for relapse. I finally got to go home after being away 18 months. The treatment has been very hard on my body as I now have permanent hearing loss, damage to my liver from radiation, only 1 adrenal gland, hypothyroidism,  chronic kidney disease, prolonged QTC, multiple bouts with CDIFF, very weak muscles, problems with nutrition, weak immune system,and lots of scars inside and out. My body was wiped of all immunizations so I get sick very easy.  This is just the beginning for me, if I survive the potential for many more long term issues are possible. I will also most likely not be able to have children of my own. I am so lucky to be alive because of my treatment, but it could be better! We need help to get less toxic treatments and research to finding my type of cancer sooner! You see, most kids like me are already stage IV when it is found. It is very aggressive and spreads very quickly. I got cancer and was Stage IV in about a month.

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