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This is a page to bring hope to Kevin, Andrea and all of us.  It contains stories of brave children who have battled cancer and won.  If you have any stories you would like to add to this page, please email them to john.alessi@gmail.com.


Kaitlyn 

Kaitlyn is five years old she was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma Stage IV (At Age 3 and a half) on June the 21st 2003, N-MYC Non-Amplified, unfavourable shimada. With a tumour filling her abdomen, which had spread to her neck, knees, hips and cells in her bone marrow lining, she has been placed on a tough treatment protocol (COG ANBL00P1), which consists of 5 rounds of high dose chemo, surgery to remove as much remaining tumour as possible, two rounds of mega chemo, with Double Stem cell Transplants/rescues, followed by 10 rounds of radiation and six months of Accutane. At diagnosis we were given the terrible odds of less than 20%.
 
 

  Daniel Hammer

On November 10, 2001, Daniel was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma. The biology of his particular cancer had all the unfavorable prognostic indicators and he was given a 20% chance of survival. Since diagnosis, Daniel has amazed us all with his courage, as he has gone through 5 rounds of high dose chemotherapy, a nine hour surgery, stem cell (bone marrow) transplant, radiation, antibody treatments and more. Today he currently has no evidence of disease. Unfortunately, the relapse rate of this disease is very high.
Please keep praying and believe in your heart that with God's intervention Daniel will fully recover.

You can visit Daniel's page here


Helana's Story

My name is Helena, I'm 21 years old, I'm from Pennsylvania. I currently attend college. I'm going into my fourth year this year. I was diagnosed in 1984 in February, it was actually two weeks prior to my fifth birthday. I actually celebrated my birthday in the hospital. I had been sick for several weeks, which led to the diagnosis, and when they finally figured out what it was, that was two weeks before my fifth birthday. Throughout, my diagnosis was Stage III neuroblastoma, which is a cancer of the young nerve cells. I had chemotherapy, radiation and a transplant throughout that year in 1984. The radiation was used to shrink the tumor down to an operable size, and the chemotherapy was used to rid my body of what was left of the cancer.

Read the rest of Helana's story on the Cancer Survivor's Network


Contributed by Robbin Ebo-Hunt

 Hi, my name is Robbin and I have a niece who is now 17yrs old, graduating with tops honors and is preparing to go on her senior prom. Here name is Brittany and she was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma shortly after her second birthday. The tumor was located on her pancreas and liver which originally the doctors thought would decrease her survival rate. She was treated by one of the leading doctors in the field of oncology at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia but, I always felt it was the power of prayer and the faith of everyone around Brittany that loved her that brought her thru such an ordeal.


My Incredible Little Girl Katie 

Contributed by Michele Krize

I am the mother of a Neuroblastoma survivor, my incredible little girl Katie.  Katie Krize was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma on October 1, 1999. Her prognosis at that time was a 25% chance to live 6 months, and if she made it through her bone marrow transplant, another 25% chance to live six months after that. Katie not only beat those horrible odds, she is thriving. Katie made it through five rounds of chemo, major surgery to remove the tumor, numerous bouts of pneumonia, local radiation to the tumor bed, and a peripheral blood stem cell transplant. Then, when she recovered from that, she also endured six months of high-dose Accutane. Katie is now a happy, healthy fourth-grader in South Carolina.

I kept a website active for Katie while she was in treatment. Here is the link: www.caringbridge.com/sc/katiekrize.

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