daughter Paris was diagnosed with Neuroblsatoma at only 9 days old on
November 29, 2007. Can you imagine having a baby and then rushing her to
the hospital only 9 days later with a life threatening illness?
was devastated when they told me that she had cancer and that her
chances of survival were not high. Paris' 7 cm tumor presented in the
thoracic area, compressing her spinal cord. She began Chemotherapy on
December 2, 2007. The tumor responded to the Chemotherapy, allowing
surgeons to remove what was left of the visible tumor. In September of
2008 Paris relapsed in the cerebellum. She underwent surgery and then we
sought out a second opinion through Memorial Sloan Kettering in New
York. There they noticed that there was uptake in her disease, and they
performed her third major surgery to remove the remaining tumor from
around her aorta. She received focal radiation to the areas where
disease presented in combination with chemotherapy, antibody 8H9
treatment, and IV3F8. She developed a heart condition which has forced
us to stop the antibody treatment. She is now on Temodar and oral
chemotherapy, daily every 42 days for a total of 5 cycles which
constitutes 10 months. Upon diagnosis we were fighting to keep her alive
to reach her 2nd birthday.
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Kids' Cancer is a great organization dedicated to helping children with
cancer. Paris is an innocent child, like so many others that has been
dealt a horrible hand at such an early point of their lives. Together we
can make a change. It is the power of the message that creates change.
Please listen and open your hearts.