The Blast 2021

Hero Henry David

In late October 2020, our son Henry was diagnosed with high-risk Stage 4 Neuroblastoma.  The diagnosis came as quite a shock since he didn’t show any symptoms and was not sick.  He had been evaluated for short stature and had a growth hormone test that revealed he was not producing enough growth hormone.  Before we could start treatment for that, it is routine to have an MRI of the pituitary gland.  The MRI indicated three masses in his brain.  From there we immediately were referred to the oncology team at Cook Children’s Hospital and began the biopsy process.  After three biopsies in three different parts of his body, we found what we were dealing with and it had a name…… Neuroblastoma.

Since then, Henry was placed in a clinical trial and has gone through three rounds of chemotherapy and one round of MIBG therapy.  With two stem cell transplants and other procedures and treatments planned, we have a long road ahead of us.  He is the strongest person we know, and a true superhero.

We ask that you pray for the many families dealing with childhood cancer, pray for the children fighting this horrible disease, pray for the survivors, pray for the many nurses and doctors who are dedicating their life to the care and exploration of science to fight this disease and finally to pray for HENRY. #blastawaycancer

Help provide out of this world care! The Blast started with a promise between two friends to find a cure for neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer. Now it is my turn to be a friend and build upon that promise to find a cure for all pediatric cancers. Each dollar raised supports lifesaving research, treatments and programs for Cook Children’s Hematology and Oncology patients who are battling cancer. Donate now to #blastawaycancer!

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