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Be inspired by heroes who shine bright through the darkness of cancer.
In April 2020, three-year-old Cayden Addison began experiencing leg pain and developed an unusual limp that alarmed his mother, Courtney. Soon, the pain progressed to a stiff neck and loss of appetite. Just two weeks later, after multiple tests and doctor appointments, Courtney and her husband would hear the words that every parent fears, "your child has cancer". Cayden was diagnosed with a high-risk form of blood cancer, Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Krew was born in September of 2017, a happy and healthy baby boy. In February of 2018, Krew developed a series of grey spots on his body, so his parents took him to their pediatrician. Later that month, after being referred to a dermatologist, they received confirmation that their precious, 5-month-old son had Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
Thalia was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on March 30th, 2018, a month after her 5th birthday. There have been many ups and downs through her first few months of treatment. No matter what she has always seemed to still stay positive throughout it all. Putting that big bright beautiful smile on her face reassuring us everything is going to be okay.
Laura was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2013 while she was living in Hawaii. Her baby boy was only 14 months old. Laura went through ABVD chemotherapy treatment and 18 rounds of radiation.
In June 2016, 10-year-old Maeryn was experiencing unusual pain in her hips and knees. After several weeks of physical therapy, it wasn’t getting any better, so her parents took her to see a specialist. She was referred to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where she was diagnosed with pre-B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
In many ways, my son, Jackson is a typical eight-year-old boy who loves Elmo and ice cream. But in other ways, he is anything but typical. He was born with Down syndrome and he's also a cancer survivor.
Commercial Point, Ohio
Anaplastic Large-Cell Lymphoma Survivor
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
San Ramon, CA
Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia
San Diego, CA
2019 Cincinnati Honored Hero
Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Survivor
2019 Honored Hero
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor
Downers Grove, Illinois
Non-Hodgkin’s Follicular Lymphoma Survivor
Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor
Las Vegas, NV
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