Honored Kid

Thomas Y.

Age 17
Thomas Y. Kid Photo


Albertson, NY, US



Date of Diagnosis

November 2019


In remission

Treated At

Cohen's Childrens Medical Center

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My Story

Tommy "Tsunami" had a fever on Labor Day of 2019. It lasted 26 days with no answers as to the cause. He was taken to multiple hospitals and doctors and it was assumed to be a virus. In late September, he had trouble breathing and was rushed to the hospital. Within minutes, he was intubated. The next day he was put on ECMO life support (still with no answers). On day 5 of ECMO it was discovered that he had Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) with slim chances of survival. He beat it and moved to a rehab center for 2 weeks on Halloween to learn how to walk, run, etc again. On November 15th he came home and it was assumed all was well. He discovered a lump on his neck. A week later, he was diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (stage 3). Over the next 4 months, he went through 6 rounds of intense chemotherapy (6 rounds with 13 hours of medicine each round). In early April of 2020, Tsunami was finally in remission and is going through rehab to get his strength back. Tommy walked the walk as he shaved his head with his family for 5 years prior to becoming ill himself in memory of his "angel" cousin, Shannon J. who lost her battle to DIPG. Beating cancer is in his blood!

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