Patient Stories

Lucy

Lucy was just five months old when she was first diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She achieved remission after a year of chemotherapy, but then relapsed.

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Milton

In 2013, Milton walked into Seattle Children’s Hospital and received some devastating news. His acute lymphoblastic leukemia was back for the third time in his young life. “I thought I was done with cancer,” said the 21-year-old. Now he was “waiting for them to give me my six months” to live.

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Greta

In 2014, Andy and Maggie’s baby daughter, Greta, was dying. Diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at just three months old, Greta barely survived chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Now her cancer was back. “We didn’t want her to suffer any more,” Andy said. “We found ourselves considering end-of-life care for our one-year-old daughter.”

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Zane

“As a parent, you never want to hear that your child has cancer,” said Paul Esposito, of Plano, Texas. “It creates an emotion that starts at your feet and takes hold. It’s devastating.” This was the terrible news Paul and his family received in 2010 when his son, Zane Esposito, was only 7 years old.

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Jude

Jude was not responding to traditional cancer treatment. Out of options for their 18-month-old son, Jude’s parents didn’t know if he was going to survive. "Two or three years ago, there would have been no option for Jude other than hospice care," said his mom. "Jude is alive because of this incredible research and the people who give money to organizations like Strong Against Cancer. We are so incredibly grateful to them all."

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Erin

The worst day of Sarah and Anthony Cross’ life was when they found out their 2-year-old daughter, Erin, had leukemia.

“Erin endured years of chemotherapy, and we thought we had the cancer beat,” said Erin’s mother, Sarah. “She blossomed into a beautiful, healthy girl. She was doing really well at school, making friends, just being a normal kid.”

But 11 months after her treatment ended, a routine blood test showed something abnormal.

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