My son Aiden was diagnosed with Wilms' tumor in his right kidney on March 3, 2013. He was 3 years old.
He had surgery to remove a 2.2 pound tumor and his entire kidney. He underwent radiation and chemotherapy for 6 months as a course of treatment.
This wasn't our first introduction to this cancer. Or neighbor's son was diagnosed with the same cancer almost 3 years prior. Unfortunately, their son lost his battle with this rare pediatric cancer. My son is doing very well and is a happy healthy 6 year old.
We are the lucky ones.
Over the course of the last 3 years, I have met many child patients, or warriors, and their families. I count them among some of the bravest people I know. Many of their stories don't end happily.
We need to do more. More for these kids, and their families.
I can tell you that there is not a day that goes by that I don't feel a flash of terror at the thought of his cancer returning, even though the statistics say it won't. I have seen too many beautiful children succumb to these diseases, and become the wrong statistic.