"In times of frustration, I always had the nursing staff as a support system to help me stay positive. This experience has introduced me to a world full of selfless, giving, and kind people. I've learned that I am emotionally, physically, and mentally capable of anything that may be thrown at me. With confidence I can say that I am growing up stronger with a smile on my face. Thank you to the entire staff of Children's National for all of the hard work you do for a family like mine!" Eileen rang the victory bell signifying the end of her cancer treatment on Tuesday surrounded by her family, friends, and oncologist, Dr. AeRang Kim, making it one of the biggest bell ringings we've ever seen! Congratulations, Eileen, and enjoy your senior year at Virginia Tech! #ChildhoodCancerAwareness
Another victory for an adorable patient! 18-month-old Connor rang the victory bell to celebrate the end of his chemotherapy treatment for rhabdomyosarcoma after nearly a year. Staff joined Connor and his family in the hall to wish him well this past Friday. “All of our experiences at Children’s National have been extremely positive. People have been very kind. Everyone from the nurses to the parking attendants have been excellent,” said Connor’s mom, Alana, as they rang the bell. Congratulations to the Bartsch family on this exciting milestone!
“I beat cancer twice. There’s nothing better than that.” Marco was first diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) when he was 14 and spent more than 500 days total at Children’s National for an intensive chemotherapy regimen. After a long and difficult road to defeat his cancer, Marco was eager to start his freshman year at the University of Michigan and move forward with his life. But just a few months into school, his cancer returned. Marco, his family, and Drs. Shana Jacobs and David Jacobsohn never skipped a beat. They immediately started planning for a bone marrow transplant (BMT). “He’s an amazing kid,” said Dr. Jacobs, recalling her time spent with Marco and his family. It’s been less than a year since Marco’s transplant, and he is thrilled to be back in school at Michigan, which was his number one post-transplant goal. Dr. Jacobsohn credits BMT and Marco’s determination for getting him there. Congratulations, Marco, and enjoy your time in college! Read more about Marco’s inspiring story here. #ChildhoodCancerAwareness Link