Honored Kid

Austin S.

Age 10
Austin S. Kid Photo

Location

Fall River, WI, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

May 2011

Status

Cancer free

Treated At

American Family Children's Hospital

Change your kid's logo

My Story

Did you know that more than 300,000 kids worldwide will be diagnosed with cancer this year? My son became a part of that statistic when he was 2 years old in 2011. He was diagnosed with the "most common and most curable cancer", B-cell ALL. He had a more than 80% chance of survial but his cancer would prove to be not so normal. After relapsing while on treatment, we were forced to pursue a bone marrow transplant. Though he responded extremely well, he unfortunately relapsed 2 months later. Normally at this stage there would be no options. Austin had a less than 20% chance of survival and maybe 3-6 months to live. But we were told we did have an option. A phase I clinical trial in Philadelphia involving imuunotherapy. Austin qualified and enrolled as the 21st pediatric patient to have engineered T-cells using the HIV virus. He became a pioneer in the cancer research world and thankfully is 4 years cancer free as a result. Without the time and money that was put forth by researchers and donors, my son would not be here today. The future of how our kids are treated and what side effects they may have in the future depends on research. Research is where it all starts. 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. Austin is doing well. We had his 4 1/2 year visit with Dr. Capitini in April 2018 in which he still remains cancer free and has his Killer T-cells in him. He is getting excited for summer do he can swim and play with his friends. He will be celebrating his 10th birthday on June 16th and is busy making a wish list.

The Childhood Cancer Ripple Effect

Who's Honoring Me

  • participant

    Anna P.

Help kids take childhood back from cancer — support lifesaving cancer research today.

Children who are fighting or have fought cancer inspire others to be part of the Foundation's mission — to support the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.

Photo submission policy

Please read the photo submission policy and accept below.

By submitting a photograph of yourself on www.StBaldricks.org, you agree to the following terms and conditions for submission of your photograph:

We strongly encourage all users to submit a before and after photo, so that donors and fellow participants can easily recognize and relate to one another.

Any photo containing cartoons, comics, celebrities, nudity, pornography, sexually explicit images or any copyrighted image (unless you own the copyright) is not permitted. This is because photos of celebrities and cartoon or comic images are generally copyrighted by the owner.

Uploading images of other people without their permission is also prohibited.

This photo submission policy applies to StBaldricks.org users. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation reserves the right to review all photos and to remove any photo for any reason at our sole discretion. If you see a photo on StBaldricks.org that you believe does not conform to this policy, email to WebQuestions@StBaldricks.org