In February 2007, when Will was not yet two years old, he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). He underwent six months of in-patient chemotherapy treatment at the Valerie Center at the Goryeb Children’s Hospital at Morristown Medical Center. Will’s cancer was unlike most AML’s and the amazing doctors and nurses involved in his treatment were able to review available research results and deviate from the standard protocol at the time in an effort to reduce the permanent side effects associated with a more conventional treatment. Will has been cancer free and considered cured since 2012. Will will be 12 years old and in 7th grade in the fall at Assumption School in Morristown. Will likes history class and enjoys reading about military history in particular. Outside of school, Will has a passion for sports and plays football, baseball and basketball for his town and school teams. Will loves the New York Giants, the New York Yankees and UNC basketball. Like most children, Will enjoys and looks forward to spending time with his friends. When relaxing, which does not happen too often, Will likes to lay on the floor with his dog Eli. Will is a whirlwind around his parents and siblings. While he may reluctantly admit to it,
Will’s actions reflect he loves spending time with his older sister Quinn and his twin brother Chris. Will has a love of family traditions and looks forward to spending time with his grandparents, his aunts, uncles and cousins. In the last year or so Will has shown an enthusiasm for, and commitment to, raising awareness for the LLS. Will recognizes that he is very fortunate to have his health and hopes that many more people can share the same fortune.
John is an AML survivor who with the dedication of his doctors, family and friends, beat AML more than once. John is dedicated to helping LLS find a cure for all blood cancer patients.