Honored Kid

Serena Dicillo

Age 21
Serena Dicillo Kid Photo


Solon, OH, US


Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Date of Diagnosis

June 2021



Treated At

Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center

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My Story

Away from home in her first year of college, on March 30, 2021 Serena felt a lump in her chest. A few days later, the  doctor assured her that the mass was likely benign and to return if it persists or grows. 30 days later, Serena's mother noticed the lump had grown significantly. A second visit to the doctor had all believing it was still benign, but they recommended removing it. On June 2, the surgeon removed the mass and sent if for testing, results to be available in about a week. On June 11, Serena phoned her mother hysterically in tears. The mass turned out to be a very rare, aggressive lymphoma--ALK+ Large B Cell Lymphoma. Her parents drove all night to get to their baby. After a tear-filled weekend, the fight began.Family and friends raced into action providing helpful information and contacts. Among those was Mike Tucker, a friend of Serena's Dad who annually shaves his head for St. Baldrick's Foundation. Mike put us in touch with the right contact who helped us locate resources for Serena's fight. Serena's battle took her on a roller coaster of 5 different treatments over 5 months. Several times she felt too weak to even get out of bed--extremely difficult for a college student who made the volleyball team just 6 months earlier. Still, Serena fought . . . and finally heard the words "full remission" on November 30, 2021. She started her stem cell transplant process on December 13, 2021. Serena continues to recover. We're grateful for her stem cell donor and we have hope that her new immune system should function fully by the end of 2024. Serena's miracle exists due to the generosity of so many, including Mike and St. Baldrick's. 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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