Honored Kid

Mason H.

Age 11
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Location

Lindenhurst, IL, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

September 2019

Status

In treatment

Treated At

Advocate Children's Hospital - Park Ridge

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My Story

In September 2019 Mason became sick on a Monday experiencing symptoms like tiredness and vomiting. After a day off of school to rest up he got up for school on Tuesday but vomited again. At this point it was time for a visit to the doctor. Luckily at the visit to the doctor, they found that his blood levels were very low which prompted a visit to the emergency room. After confirming the levels and starting a transfusion for anemia, they decided it was best he go to the closest children's hospital. Once there and an admittance to the PICU, they ran more blood test and phrases like "leukemic cells" started being used and by Wednesday he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). This was the beginning of Mason's journey. In the months following, Mason has experienced changes to routine, physical changes, a bout with a virus and pneumonia which kept him out of school for 17 days, and many other things on a daily basis. Through all this however, he has done remarkably well and could fool the casual observer to thinking he was completely healthy. His personality at first went from being apprehensive and a bit scared to being completely back to normal. He has a fun loving attitude which is infectious and spreads cheer to anyone coming in contact with him. He emulates the Marvel superheroes he loves and proves to all that he truly is a pint sized superhero himself. It's hard not to interact with him without having his free spirit, infectious smile, and laughter brighten your day proving that a strong mental attitude can get you through any hardship. Mason is at the beginning of his journey and still has approximately 2 years of treatment left but with a positive attitude, lots of smiles and laughter, and a team of great doctors, support staff, friends, and family around him, he will keep fighting this and come out on top. He will prevail.  Thank you for supporting Mason 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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