Honored Kid

Annie B.

Age 17
Annie B. Kid Photo

Location

Warren, OH, US

Diagnosis

Osteosarcoma

Date of Diagnosis

May 2018

Status

In treatment

Treated At

Akron Children's Hospital

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My Story

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. My daughter, Annie, had been complaining about a sore knee for a few months. I just thought she had growing pains or at worst tendonitis. We made a trip to the emergency room the day after Easter for an x-ray just to make sure everything was normal. We quickly realized everything was not normal. At first we thought she had a large bone cyst in her knee. I remember thinking how awful it would be if she had to have surgery. I wish now that would have been the case. After her first appointment with a specialist I knew something was very very wrong. He told us she had a giant cell tumor but not to worry because 98% of the time the tumors are benign. We scheduled her surgery to fill in the bone loss area. Her surgeon came out and by the look on his face I knew my worst fears were about to come true. Giant cell tumor osteosarcoma... your daughter has cancer. I just didn't want to tell my sweet, beautiful 16 year old daughter that her life was about to change forever. I was devastated.  There are no words for that feeling. She has been so courageous, I could not be more proud or more humbled by her strength and positivity. She is currently in treatment at Akron Children's Hospital. She has already gone through the first 2 cycles of chemotherapy and her limb salvage surgery. She just started her 3rd cycle of chemo last week. She often tells me that this whole thing is maybe a blessing in disguise. It has put all of our lives into perspective. We try not to sweat the small stuff anymore. It has made us realize how many people we have in our lives that love and support us every step of the way. We have learned true kindness from perfect strangers. I know that I will spend the rest of my life trying to pay it forward and I know she will too. 

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