Boy's Fight Against B-Cell Lymphoma
Max's courage and bravery goes beyond his
years. This has been a battle we never thought he would
have to face. And to complicate matters, it wasn’t a
B-Cell Lymphoma is typically found in the
lymph nodes and in the lymphoid tissues. In Max, it was
discovered in the bone of his right arm and left leg
around his knee. The cancer had spread and the
oncologists were blunt. Without the proper immediate
treatment, the consequences would be devastating.
Additionally, it was so rare that the doctors at
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City,
one of the premier facilities for cancer treatment in
the world, had never seen it before.
We immediately sought
the best care for Max. While doing that, we learned the
reality of rare pediatric cancer. Because it is rare, it
is underfunded. And without the proper funds to support
the research, our children will not be cured. Max
immediately started a two year protocol of chemotherapy
at MSKCC, and our family set out to make a difference.
On October 13th, 2009 the doctors removed his port.
This is a milestone. The port was surgically implanted
in Max’s chest the day of the biopsy. They only remove
the port after treatment, and once the patient is
believed to be in remission. This is good news.
Max climbed up onto the operating table and lied down.
We watched the anesthesiologist slowly administer the
anesthesia. Annemarie and I watched him fall to sleep. I
kissed him on his head, and then we left the room.
Twenty minutes later he was in recovery.
Shortly after, I left the hospital to go to work. I
walked out the glass doors onto 68th street and headed
up towards First Avenue to catch a cab. While walking I
felt a sudden jolt of joy. For a slight moment , I felt
like I did the day of my high school graduation. I
wanted to throw my cap up in the air and celebrate. But
then reality set in. I felt more like the father of a
soldier, who was just told that the war is over, and his
son is coming home.
Over 12,500 children are diagnosed with cancer every
year in the United States. Each school day, 46 children
are diagnosed with cancer. Pediatric cancer is the
leading cause of death in children between the ages of
one and nineteen. One in every five children diagnosed
will die five years from the time of diagnosis. There
are more than 270,000 childhood cancer survivors in the
As we approach the end of the year- please keep us in
mind when making donations.
We are dedicated to saving our children suffering from
cancer as well as those that are next in line.
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"You're my superhero, brave as can be,
throw away the comic books,
they're just make believe.
Don't need x-ray vision,
to spin a web or
don't need the Batmobile,
to do the things