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 I was “waiting for them to give me my six months” to live.
But Seattle Children’s oncologist Rebecca Gardner had a better idea. She believed Milton was the perfect candidate for immunotherapy, which involves reprogramming some of the body’s t cells to seek out and destroy cancer and is the treatment that inspired Strong Against Cancer.
Milton was infused with reprogrammed t-cells six weeks after his devastating diagnosis. Two weeks later, the most sensitive tests revealed no evidence of cancer.
“It was like a miracle,” Milton said. “I was so relieved. And so, so grateful.”