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.
The staff at South Miami Hospital saved Michael's life. We assumed, due to his age, that his treatment should be based on an adult protocol. His odds for leading a long and full life were 60%. Needless to say, we were devastated with this prognosis; however, my amazing husband, Neil, was not ready to accept this information and so, while I waited in the ICU with our son, Neil went home and began to research other available treatment options. He discovered that Michael was eligible for the pediatric protocol which offered a survival rate in excess of 90%! The "Cure Search for Children's Cancer" treatment plan was one of the answers to our hopes and dreams in order for our son to survive.
We live in Miami, Florida and, fortunately, Michael was able to receive treatment in our hometown through the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine under the direction of Dr. Julio Barredo and his amazing team. In-patient treatment was received at Jackson Memorial Hospital Holtz Children's Hospital with another team of dedicated nurses and support staff. The regimen, although grueling for 10 months, so far has proven to keep the cancer at bay -- Michael is considered in remission He will continue to be on the maintenance portion until September 14, 2013. Each day that we turn a page of the "road map" is another day closer to freedom for our son. I would say to parents who are beginning this process, to stay as calm and positive for your child as possible, no matter how bad the situation might be. I believe that it does help in the healing process.
We celebrated Michael's 26th birthday on July 14th, 2012. It is very important for us to get the message out to all oncologists and families that, in some cases, a young adult can benefit from the Cure Search pediatric protocol. We hope that this message will transcend to other parents of young adults and physicians throughout the world. We are forever grateful.