Quinn is an active 12 year old boy who loves playing baseball. Last summer at the end of the season he complained of elbow pain, night sweats, tiredness and headaches. He couldn't extend his right arm and began having a high fever. After a visit to the E.R. we were told it was cellulitis of the joint. Then transferred to a local children's hospital. Treated for the cellulitis but told no need for a bone marrow test. We were told to follow up with a hematologist. Our insurance wasn't accepted by the children's hospital we were just discharged from. We fortunely found Dr Sharif Badawi who just became available in New Lenox at Lurie's Children's at Silver Cross Hospital. He took an hour with us. Getting a complete medical history. He wanted Quinn to have a bone marrow test that Friday at Lurie's in Chicago. After the test we left. We got a call from Lurie's Children Hospital asking us to please come back. We were just a mile from home. We pulled off the road and asked if they could please tell us now over the phone. "He has Leukemia we need him back here right away to start treatment!"
Quinn said, "what is it cancer?"We replied, its leukemia, a blood cancer and we need to get home and pack up to go back to the hospital. Quinn has been incredably strong and tough thru all his treatments. The different rounds of chemo have been brutal. At times he was overcome with great pain and nausea. He always watches every draw every shot. Never flinching, just wanting to know when will it all stop? Soon, maintenane should begin around March 26th 2018. It has been hard and tough but softened so much by our community's loving, caring, prayers and letters of support. This means a lot to Quinn, his parents were not available to raised him. He has been with us, his maternal grandparents, and his sister since they were born. The St Balderick's community has adopted him with open hearts! Thank you for supporting the more than 300,000 children like Quinn, who will be diagnosed with cancer. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with St. Balderick's Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure.
Quinn had a life changing event May