Honored Kid

Caleb Cloninger

Age 20
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Location

Dickson , TN, US

Diagnosis

Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

April 2013

Status

In maintenance

Treated At

Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

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My Story

Hi, my name is Caleb and I am 15 yeas old. I was diagnosed with a brain tumor when I was 12 years old. I had surgery to remove the tumor from my spine and they were able to remove most of it. As a result of surgery the nerves were damage and I lost feeling and use below the waist. I had to do intense physical therapy everyday for over a year to learn to walk again. Slowly I was able to regain some feeling and I am now able to walk with my brace and not in the wheelchair. In December of 2015 the cancer that we did not get with surgery started to grow and I had to start chemotherapy. I did 15 months of weekly treatments, occasional blood transfusions and hospitalisations. The chemo did kill some of the growth but not all of it. Currently we are doing MRI"s every three months to monitor the tumor and watch for growth, and physical therapy a few times a week. This journey has been hard and scary and long and even though it is not over, I have hope that one day I will be cured along with so many other kids that are on this journey with me. 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.

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