Honored Kid

Maya G.

Age 9
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Location

Shoreline, WA, US

Diagnosis

Wilms or other kidney tumor

Date of Diagnosis

July 2016

Status

No evidence of disease

Treated At

Seattle Children's Hospital

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My Story

Maya loves to smile, laugh, create, and to imagine. She loves animals & nature, adventure, music, the color purple, Girl Scouts, How to Train Your Dragon movie character Toothless, pandas, unicorns, and rainbows! She loves hanging out with her big and little brother and her friends mean the world to her! She has proclaimed she will be an artist when she grows up! Maya's Cancer Story: The Beginning -July 6th was a bad day, or as Maya put it "the worst day ever!" It was the day we sadly found out Maya had a large tumor and cancer of the Kidney. Nephroblastoma or also called a Wilms Tumor. It's a rare diagnosis, but the most commonly diagnosed type of childhood kidney cancer. The American Cancer Society Reports Each year, about 500 new cases of Wilms tumors (https://www.cancer.org/cancer/wilms-tumor/about/what-is-wilms-tumor.html) are diagnosed in the United States. This number has been fairly stable for many years. About 5% of all cancers in children are Wilms tumors. Wilms tumors tend to occur in young children. The average age at diagnosis is about 3 to 4 years. It becomes less common as children grow older and is uncommon after age 6. It’s very rare in adults, although cases have been reported. Maya was diagnosed 1 month before her 7th birthday. She surgically had the removal of her left kidney & tumor immediately scheduled one day following diagnosis. Cancer treatments such as radiation and chemo followed two weeks after the healing from surgery. Chemo continued for 10 1/2 months. Understandably, this has been devastating. We have fought cancer with Maya and with a positive attitude, she has withstood surgeries, radiation and chemo treatments. As of July 2017, she has no evidence of disease and grows stronger every day. We have hope, we have faith, we have love! Thank you for supporting her 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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Who's Honoring Me

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    Peter & Jackie Gladhart

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    Rafeeq Shaik

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    Ashley Roque

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    Kimmie T.

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    Evelyn W.

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    Ben Wormeli

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    Ashley Roque

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    Ashley Roque

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    Matthew Harris

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    Holly Pourhassan

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    Ashley Roque

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    Seattle Children's Strong Against Cancer

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    Mighty Maya

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    The Fam Relations Team

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    Gene Juarez Men's Salon

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    Maya's Light

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    Supergirl Julia's 12th Birthday Fundraiser

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    Gene Juarez Salon & Spa Charms Sales

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    Seattle Children's Shave for the Brave

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    Fado Irish Pub (Seattle)

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