CureSearch for Children's Cancer funds and supportstargeted and innovative children's cancer research with measurableresults, and is the authoritative source of information and resourcesfor all those affected by children's cancer.
My son Drake was 2 years, 1 month and 12 days old when the doctors told us that he had cancer. After an inconclusive bone marrow biopsy, many blood test and doctors around the United States they concluded that Drake has a rare form of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
Because of the support that CureSearch provides to the physicians working around the clock to help diagnosis and treat all kids with cancer, they (the physicians) were able to indicate that Drake's type of Leukemia is a Mature B-cell type. He unfortunately did not qualify for a clinical trial but the doctors continue to study Drake's Leukemia to help find a cure. What we have learned during this process is that only 1% of the population according to research/publications has been diagnosed with Drake's type of Leukemia. That is, it is so rare there are not many studies published to indicate a specific treatment approach.
Drake was started on a treatment approach for B-cell type Leukemia and modified to meet his specific needs. At this time, we have eliminated one of the intense portions of his treatment due to the research that has developed over the past year indicating that it has done more harm to the child than beat cancer. We have been so grateful for a chance and now can say we are on our way to a cure story. Drake's bone marrow has gone into remission and he has finished his months of intense chemotherapy.
Starting June 26, 2012 he will begin his journey of maintenance and on November 29, 2014 we are hoping to say we have beat cancer and return to the life we had before treatment.
Thank you CureSearch for all you have done, we are rewarded again with the power of research and success to have many more days to spend with our little one.
September celebrates Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and reminds us that just decades ago, the overall survival rate for children's cancer was 40%. That meant that of the 36 children diagnosed each day, just 14 survived. Today, 29 of these children survive because the overall cure rate is now 80%.
Please consider making a $36 donation to CureSearch today, in honor of the 36 children who will be diagnosed with cancer today and every day. Visit http://www.curesearch.org/ccam/ for more information and to make a donation.
Shelby GosnellCommunications Manager Email Shelby(240) 235-2205