Patient Stories

Courageous Chronicles

Β Inspiring Tales From Some Of Our Patients


πŸŽ—οΈ Ellie, a little warrior who has shown us the true meaning of strength and resilience. At just 15 months old, she was diagnosed with Ganglioneurooma but never let it dim her bright spirit.
🌟 Today, Ellie is an active and joyful little girl who loves being around people. She's been embracing life post-cancer by camping, swimming, and cherishing special moments with friends and family.
πŸ’• Ellie's story reminds us of the importance of continued research and funding for childhood cancer treatments. Let's join together in honoring Ellie and all the brave cancer survivors this month!



🌟 Meet Samantha, a shining example of strength and resilience in the face of adversity. At just 16 years old, she was diagnosed with Stage 2A Hodgkin's Lymphoma. But Samantha didn't let cancer define her. With love, support, and determination, she fought back.
πŸ’ͺ After three long months of treatment, Samantha's hard work paid off, and she was declared cancer-free after six months. Fast forward to today, and she's now 23, living her best life, and sharing her inspiring story with the world.
❀️ Samantha's journey is a powerful reminder of the impact that love, support, and cutting-edge treatments can have on a young person's life. Her story is a testament to the importance of continued research and funding for childhood cancer treatments.

Elijah Encarnacion

πŸŽ—οΈ Elijah Encarnacion, a young man who has proven that no challenge is too great when you have determination and heart. Diagnosed with APL leukemia at age 12, Elijah faced his battle courageously.
🏈 Today, at 16 years old, Elijah is not only a cancer survivor but also a varsity football player! His journey is an inspiration to us all, reminding us that with hope, perseverance, and the right support, anything is possible.



🌟 Meet Gabby, an incredible source of inspiration and a true fighter! At 28, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, but that didn't stop her from pursuing her dreams. Now, at 30, Gabby has defied all odds and emerged victorious in her battle against cancer.
πŸ”¬She was treated on a clinical trial developed by our own Dr. Hochberg that uses immunotherapy instead of toxic radiation.
⚾ Gabby is back to doing what she lovesβ€”working in sports production and directing a baseball show. She's embracing her "normal" life once again, proving that with determination and courage, anything is possible.

πŸ’ And there's more good news! Gabby is getting married in December, adding another beautiful chapter to her life's story.


πŸŽ—οΈ Andrew, a young man who has shown us that determination and courage can overcome even the toughest challenges. Diagnosed with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma in 2015 at just 11 years old, Andrew faced his battle head-on.
πŸŽ“ Fast forward to today, and Andrew is now 19 years old and proudly graduating from high school! His journey is a testament to the power of hope, support, and cutting-edge treatments in overcoming cancer.



πŸŽ—οΈ Kelly's story... Eight years ago, a diagnosis of Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APML) threatened to darken my sweet 16. But here I am, just before my 24th birthday, standing tall and proud as a cancer survivor!
πŸ’ͺMy journey hasn't been an easy one, but the wisdom I gained at such a young age has shaped me into a stronger and better individual. Every day since my last chemo in 2017, I've chosen to celebrate life, proving that what doesn't break you indeed makes you stronger.
🌈This experience has passionately driven me towards the field of child life. Today, I'm excited to share that I'm working as a full-time Certified Child Life Specialist!
πŸŽ‰ It's a role that allows me to turn my past into a beacon of hope for others on similar journeys.


πŸ’« Meet Julianna Vano - a beacon of strength, resilience, and inspiration. At the tender age of 9, she was diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma, yet she didn't let it define her journey.
πŸŽ—οΈ Amidst the countless hospital visits, treatments, and the challenges that came her way, Julianna held onto hope and determination. Now 18, she has not only triumphed over her health battles but also reached significant milestones in her life.
πŸ’ƒ She recently dazzled everyone at her prom, lighting up the room with her radiant smile and indomitable spirit. Adding another feather to her cap, she also donned the graduation cap, marking the end of one chapter and the beginning of another.



🌟 This is Olivia, our little warrior! At the age of 7, she was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia. But even in the face of adversity, her spirit remained unbroken. Within a month, she underwent a life-saving clinical trial bone marrow transplant. Now, almost two years later, she's thriving and living life to the fullest!
πŸ’–From the dance team to the ninja team, from performing in plays to participating in chorus and orchestra concerts, Olivia has jumped back into her activities with boundless energy. She keeps herself busy, radiating happiness and gratitude for her new lease on life.Β 
πŸ₯Her time in the hospital is not forgotten, but it's the kindness and care from the staff, nurses, and doctors that she remembers the most. Olivia's journey is a testament to her resilience, and a reminder of the incredible power of medical science and human compassion.Β 


Jelien was diagnosed with Pre-Bcell ALL at just 3 years old. Today, at 7 years old, she continues to fight for a better future for all children battling cancer. 🌟
Even after completing her treatment, Jelien has dedicated herself to spreading awareness about childhood cancer. Her dreams include becoming a Pediatric Oncologist to find improved cures for kids like her. πŸ‘©β€βš•οΈπŸ’ͺ
But Jelien's advocacy doesn't stop there. She organizes fundraisers for various organizations that support families and children fighting cancer. She also gives back to the office and hospital that provided her with care during her journey. 🎁❀️
In March 2021, Jelien rang the bell to celebrate the end of her treatment, and in April 2021, she finished her journey as a survivor. Her energy, love, and kindness are truly remarkable. She's determined to change the world, one event at a time! πŸŒŽπŸ’™



πŸŽ—οΈ Meet Khadijah, an inspiring warrior who has bravely battled Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. At the tender age of 18, life threw her a curveball, but she faced it with courage and resilience.
πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“ Today, we're proud to share that Khadijah is not just a cancer survivor, but also a graduate from WPI, holding a Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She's now making waves in the tech industry as a Software Engineer, proving that no challenge is too big for her.
πŸ’ͺ Her story is a testament to the strength and determination of every child and young adult fighting pediatric cancer and blood diseases. It's a stark reminder of why our fight against these diseases is so crucial.

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