Honored Kid

Andre S.

Age 8
Andre S. Kid Photo


Amherst, NY, US


Wilms or other kidney tumor

Date of Diagnosis

September 2019


No evidence of disease

Treated At

Roswell Park Cancer Institute

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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. Andre was diagnosed with Wilm's Tumor on Labor Day 2019 when we were out of town in Atlanta, GA. We had moved from Buffalo, NY to Port St. Lucie, FL a month prior and we drove to Atlanta to escape Hurricane Dorian. We arrived to Atlanta with two heathy children, ages 4 & 5. The first night in Atlanta, Andre our 4 year old was woken up from his sleep with abdominal pain and vomiting. Mom took him to the local ED where he was swabbed for flu and strep and we were told that it was likely something viral. That day Andre did not improve so we took him back to another ED where he was properly worked up and sent to a local children's hospital so imaging could be done as they thought that he has appendicitis. He went to the OR for an emergency appendectomy where it was discovered that he had a large left kidney tumor that was felt to be cancer. We were admitted to the oncology unit, met his surgeon the next day, reviewed the CT scan and made plans for a left radical nephroureterectomy that following day, pathology later confirmed that it was indeed Wilm's Tumor. While Andre recovered from surgery, Andre's Mom worked on plans for the family to return to Buffalo so that Andre could be treated at the cancer center that Andre's Mom previously work for as an Oncology Nurse Navigator. After returning to Buffalo, we found out that the cancer had spread to the left lung which changed the treatment plan to a more aggressive treatment plan consisting of radiation to the left flank, whole lung radiation and 9 months of chemotherapy consisting of five different chemotherapy drugs. Andre continued to overcome- he tolerated treatment well and rang the bell at the end of treatment in May 2020 to celebrate NED or no evidence of disease. Andre continues on surveillance and returns for check-ups every three months. Andre is 6 years old now and is in Kindergarten. The name Andre means Warrior so he is known as Andre The Warrior, IG: andre_thewarrior or FB: Andre The Warrior. Andre's Mom has become a Childhood Cancer Advocate with the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network as a Legislative Ambassador. Thank you for taking time to read our story. Once you hear the words that your child has cancer, life is simply never the same. There are GREAT needs in Childhood cancer for research funding for the development of same and effective treatments for ALL Childhood Cancer disease sites. Because Andre was treated for cancer, he is AT RISK for cancer. The same treatments that eradicated his body of disease puts him AT RISK for secondary cancers because the treatment is actually carcinogenic. Thank you for joining this important cause for our children and for their future.

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