Honored Kid

Marisa N.

Age 13
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Location

Pipersville , PA, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

May 2016

Status

In treatment

Treated At

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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My Story

On May 13th, 2016, beautiful seven year old Marisa Nero was diagnosed with childhood leukemia. While the news was devastating to the family, it has brought them closer together.Marisa is supported by her parents, Gabriel and Noelle, and her big sister, Isabella. Any cancer diagnosis can be scary, but if there is a silver lining, Marisa’s form of cancer (B cell ALL) has a great prognosis and is treatable, but the road has not and will not be easy. Almost immediately after diagnosis, Marisa began intense chemotherapy which has caused many side effects including nausea, back and leg pain, hair loss, mouth sores, and fatigue. The treatment plan so far has included a port being inserted under the skin in her chest, multiple spinal taps, and blood transfusions. The total length of treatment is scheduled to be two and half years. Marisa is currently in the Maintenance phase of treatment and has an end date of 7/18/2018 in her sight! Thank you for supporting Marisa 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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