Insight of a Childhood Cancer Survivor

Grant with mom Jennifer

Grant with his mom, Jennifer

This morning NPR shared a story of a 12 year old cancer survivor and gave a touching glimpse into the perspective of how cancer affects children.

When he was 16 months old, Grant was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a malignant (cancerous) tumor that develops from nerve tissue. Neuroblastoma is most commonly diagnosed in children before the age of five and it occurs in approximately 1 out of 100,000. It can develop in many areas of the body and spread to the bones, bone marrow, liver, lymph nodes, skin, and around the eyes. Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation are all forms of treatment for neuroblastoma. High-dose chemotherapy followed by autologous stem cell transplantation may be used to treat children with high-risk neuroblastoma .

Click here to hear or read Grant’s story.

You can read more stories about children dealing with cancer on Lifeline Project. Journey, also battling neuroblastoma, Juwuan, currently being treated for chronic myeloid leukemia, and Lily, who fought acute myelogenous leukemia, are just a few of the many children faced with life threatening illnesses.

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About The Bone Marrow Foundation

Founded in 1992, The Bone Marrow Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bone marrow, stem cell, and cord blood transplant patients and their families by providing vital financial assistance, emotional support, and comprehensive educational programs. The Foundation is the only organization of its kind that does not limit assistance to a specific disease, type of transplant or age range.

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