Honored Kid

Salvatore Vanni

Salvatore Vanni Kid Photo

Location

North Miami, FL, US

Diagnosis

Neuroblastoma

Date of Diagnosis

September 2007

Status

Angel

Treated At

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Nicklaus Children's Hospital Texas Children's Hospital Amplatz Children's Hospital Holtz Children's Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian

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My Story

On September 10, 2007 at the age of only 4 1/2, Salvatore was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer of the sympathetic nervous system that primarily affects children under the age of five. In his short life Sal underwent 12 surgeries, (the main surgery to remove the initial tumor took over 12 hours), 55 cycles of chemotherapy, 50 rounds of radiation, endless amounts of blood tests, bone marrow biopsies, nuclear scans and over 200 blood & platelet transfusions. He went into kidney failure several times and had to have nephrostomy tubes placed and later removed. He spent more than 440 days of his short life in-patient over 3 & 1/2 years in 7 different hospitals across 5 different states. He was a trailblazer as the first child to start in several Phase I clinical trials. He was an amazingly happy child with a monumentous love of life. It's NOT fair that he died due to a lack of treatment options.

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