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Team Charlotte Strong

This is our 2nd Annual The Blast Fun Run.  We are running for the incredible little Miss Charlotte Harding.  Here is a little bit about her and her story. 

 

In January Charlotte had an ultrasound investigating possible acid reflux, which discovered two non-concerning anomalies. The doctor recommended a follow up ultrasound in three months. The follow-up ultrasound in March indicated that the mass on Charlotte’s left adrenal gland had grown by 50%. A blood test determined the other anomaly was benign. A pair of scans, an MRI and an MIBG, over the course of a month were performed to diagnose the adrenal mass. At the time, concern was low since the possible diagnoses typically do not require treatment.
The morning after the MIBG, Charlotte’s oncologist informed us that the MIBG scan discovered a new spot in her left orbit and that it was likely neuroblatoma. The secondary tumor near her left eye could impair her eyesight, damage her eye, or her optic nerve. A secondary site also indicated this was an aggressive tumor that required treatment.
The oncologist wanted us to go to the emergency room for additional imaging to look for more tumors, but thankfully no more were found. Charlotte was admitted to the hospital that night. The next day, a surgeon removed the adrenal tumor and initial pathology confirmed a diagnosis of neuroblastoma. A CT scan of her head finally brought good news. The secondary site did not exhibit soft tissue growth out from the bone, which reduced the risk to her eyesight. Charlotte began chemotherapy four days after surgery. 

In October of 2017 Charlotte completed her 8th and final round of chemo.  On November 9th, 2017 - just days after the Houston Astros won the world series, Charlotte was delcared CANCER FREE!! Last March we were able to participate in our very first Blast.  It was incredible to see the turn out and support from our community.  What was even more amazing was hear Katie's story, an adult (which is extremely rare) fighting neuroblastoma and then hearing Dr. Granger (Charlotte's Doctor) tell us about all the research that is going on right at Cooks to help find better treatments and a cure for neuroblastoma.  

Charlotte is now a year and a half CANCER FREE!! Her life is so incredible because of the amazing doctors at Cook Children's who saved her life with the exact right protocal for Charlotte's cancer treatment.  She is a sassy two year old, almost always happy and making some of the best friends possible at day care.  She also loves telling everyone that she wants to be Dr. Granger when she grows up.  

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