Brad, PA, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
I really enjoy listening to music (which has helped me get through my treatments) and going to concerts. My enrichment would be to meet my favorite band Metallica. I've been a big fan of theirs all my life, I think it would be really cool to meet them.
I wanted to thank you and your entire foundation for providing Brad (and his dad) with the trip and experience of a lifetime!! The whole experience was surreal and SO SO SO much appreciated!! The concert alone would have kept Brad on cloud 9 forever, but meeting the band was insane! The memories of this experience will definitely get him through the tough bumps along the way with his treatments! We cannot thank you enough for your thoughtfulness and generosity!
Jake, IL, Spindle Cell Sarcoma
Jake had to commute 2 hours to get to the hospital for treatment. He needed something to listen to music and take his mind off of cancer. Mini iPad to the rescue!
Katie, IL, Pancreatic Cancer
Honeymoon in Hawaii
We cannot even begin to show our appreciation for everything that you have done for us. The whole thing went without a hitch and was definitely a once in a lifetime experience. We had such a great time that it was almost hard to remember to take pictures some times! Thank you for everything!
Joshua, VA, Ewings Sarcoma
Family Trip to Disney
"I want to make a once in a lifetime travel memory with my dad and go to these parks to share epic times with him.
Krystal, IL, Rhabdomyosarcoma
Meet the Dixie Chicks
I am turning 21 and I have a hard time lately accepting the fact that I can't do the things that my friends can do....One of my favorite bands ever since I was a little girt is the Dixie Chicks ... the opportunity to see them perform and to celebrate a happy time in my life would be incredible and something I would be forever grateful for!
OMG!!!!!! You guys created one amazing day/evening for Krystal and all of us. So memorable for a life time. We are still recovering!
Mary, RI, Ewings Sarcoma
Swimming with Dolphins
This has been extremely difficult for the whole family since we need to hold down our full time jobs, tend to her needs, and care for her younger brother. I imagine this has been particularly hard on her 10 yr old brother who is lost in the shuffle and spends his weekends in the infusion lab or her hospital rooms. Yet just like Mary, he never complains. I would love to see them take a relaxing fun vacation together. She always dreamed swimming with the dolphins. I hope you can surprise her with the trip of a life-time. She deserves it!
Zak, IL, Hodgkins Lymphomia
Deep Sea Fishing - Anna Maria Island
An opportunity like this would give me a chance to fulfill one of my dreams and get away for every day things and help me enjoy this life I have been given even though over the past couple of months I have gone through one of the biggest obstacles I may have to ever overcome.
We all had an amazing time! Everyone caught so many fish!!! It's been truly amazing! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Paul, MA, Rhabdomyosarcoma
" Even with a degree in English and I am still at a loss of words for what you have done for me. When I was first diagnosed, I couldn't believe it and my first response was, "God will get the glory out of this regardless of the situation." ... Fast forward two years later, and although the physical was tough, the mental fight is even tougher. . It reminds me of Nik's poem, "The Fight." and how right he was about how this can consume you if you let it. Watching my mother and Isabel smile throughout this trip was priceless and you gave us a well needed break during a crazy transitional moment. God Bless you and the work you do! It is meaningful and important."
Josh, WI, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Josh's cancer diagnosis has impacted his independence and excitement about young adult life. The family has expressed concerns about the future and wanting to have time to relax and enjoy their relationships.
Josh is an amazing you man - family vacation together to relax and enjoy each others company!
Derek, IL, Squamous cell carcinoma
World Champions Cubs Game!
OMG! Derek is so happy that he started to cry!!! That is going to be something that he really needs!!! Again, Thank you very much!!
Sean, PA, Ewings Sarcoma
Hamilton Broadway show AND Meeting the Cast!!!
It means the world to me! THANK YOU!
Anna, IL, Synovial Sarcoma
Anna was diagnosed with metastatic Synovial Sarcoma in the late Spring of 2016. On Father's Day - to the dismay of the everyone, a green smiley frog ball was kicked 70 feet high into a tree. After countless attempts, the ball refused to come down. Fast forward through six months of grueling cancer treatments to late January 2017 where this beautiful young woman waits to go to heaven. As her life is coming to its end, her father jokingly asks her, "Anna, on your way up to heaven, would you mind getting the ball out of the tree?" Anna passes into God's loving arms, but she keeps her promise to her dad - they woke up to find the green ball down from the tree. Thank you Anna
Eileen, VA, Ewings Sarcoma
Feet in the Sand!
"My husband was laughing at Eileen and I tearing up and saying.. this is real! This is just amazing! My family can not tell you how much this means to us. Eileen has been feeling so good and is going for her second set of scans the day before we leave. Her hair is coming back and her PT has made tremendous progress with her legs! Feet in the sand will be her PT!"
Caleb, WI, Ewings Sarcoma
I was diagnosed with Ewing's. I had been having a lot of back pain 6 months prior and had even visited the Doctor for it. However, it was deemed unimportant and frankly was ignored. After 6 months I demanded an XRay and sure enough- the scan led to more scans which lead to my diagnosis of Ewing's Sarcoma. My main tumor envelops my right shoulder blade with mets to both lungs. I underwent 30 rounds of chemotherapy, 41 rounds of boosted radiation to tumor, lungs, and neck, and finished my year of treatment with a Stem Cell Transplant. I was declared NED this past spring! I am now 9 months NED following my December scans!!!! :) (big deal because Metastaitc ES has a 30% survival)
Toby, LA, hondroblastic Osteosarcoma
Spruce up my CAR!
I was diagnosed with Chondroblastic Osteosarcoma Bone Cancer in my heel bone and the doctors are saying it's too bad to go in there and save my foot and then have me in pain for the rest of my life. So they will amputate in October 5th below the knee. Chemotherapy for 9 months and after that I should be good to go. Thank you for your help and keep my mother in your hearts as cause she is going through a lot with my step dad having a stroke and me.
Abby, MA, Epithelioid Sarcoma
"Last December, I got really sick out of nowhere and had to go to the hospital. I was then diagnosed stage four Epithelial Sarcoma. Every day that I fight for my life, the illness tries to rid me of my faith, confidence, spirit, self-esteem and sanity. Very recently, I was told that the cancer has spread to everywhere; from my breast, lungs, tissues, bones down to my legs. Every day I wake up and I am in pain; however, I still have some fight left in me and would like to use it wisely. From day one My whole family support me through everything. My family is my Everything."
Domingo, TX, Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia
Honeymoon at Disney
I want to thank you guys of the Nik Ritschel's foundation for everything. My family can't thank you enough for what you've did for us. This trip means so much more than just a trip, we were in a part of our life that we needed a rest from everything that's been through lately..God always has got our back in the good ones and in the bad ones... but for this and so much more for giving us a chance to enjoy and relax our honeymoon! When I was in Disney and I remembered what you guys did I always got emotional because I couldn't believe everything, I didn't imagine in a million years this was a real thing, I never imagined this would actually come true! I've never won anything in my life and to get something like this... leaves me speechless. I cant put to words how grateful I am for everything you guys done, I'm still trying to figure out if everything was a dream! Bless every single one of you guys in the foundation."
Jamie, CA, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Before I was diagnosed I had plans to go t college and explore life. I am a very happy person. Things are different you couldn't do some things that you wanted to do. My parents and brother have been with me since day one. I think a vacation would be wonderful to get away for a little and enjoy life. We all need some
day to relax.
Terrane, MI, Breast Cancer
Awesome time at Universal Studio's!
Thank you so much.
Kiara, PA, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Shhhh... there is a wish in the making and it is a surprise! Can't wait to see the family as they reunite with this young adult cancer patient!
Stewart, WI, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
"Wearing Nik's shirt tomorrow for luck when I get chemo again." Join me to offer prayers for all fighting cancer
Melanie, MA, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Room Make Over!
Smile today knowing that you took 1 step to help young adult cancer patients like Melanie! Her wish was to redecorate her room with a cool new day bed, xbox, and tv! Helping to make her treatments a bit more comfortable.
Mookie, IL, Sarcoma
Meet the Chicago Blackhawks
Mookie's mom shared with us, "It was fantastic! We have never been to a Blackhawks game. This will never be forgotten. I thank you from the bottom of my heart!" Big Shout out to #33 Scott Darling for Taking 1 Step to make this young adult cancer survivor SMILE!
Christopher, IL, Ewings Sarcoma
I graduated high school in May of 2016, wanting to serve my country I swore into the Navy two weeks later all I had to do is wait to go to boot camp. Unfortunately I found out that I had been diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing's sarcoma at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago IL. I then started chemotherapy in late July and continued until October 2nd to have my tumor removed on the 20th of the same month and started chemo back up on the 17th of November. Now all I have to do is start radiation and after radiation go to the university of Chicago for a stem cell transplant. Hopefully after that being able to go to boot camp to become a nuclear engineer on a submarine for the US Navy.
Jay, IL Sarcoma
FANTASTIC weekend at Lake Shake in Chicago for this young adult cancer patient! He even got to meet Dylan Scott
Christopher, FL Ewings Sarcoma
NYC & The Book of Mormon
"We had such a great time. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Chris had surgery today to remove some cysts that they wanted to check but feel its a result of the radiotherapy. He is now home and working on all the pictures he took to send you."
Santiago, MA, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
I came here from Colombia to work and start a life; I was working in a restaurant when I became very sick and was diagnosed with ALL. I haven't been able to work since I started treatment and have to depend on my girlfriend and the family that I have around here. My mother died and my father lives in California but I have aunts and uncles here who help as much as they canSince becoming sick I've been getting chemotherapy. Lately I've had to take a lot of steroids and they make my face very round. I'm not very comfortable going out, I'm tired all the time, and I really miss being active like I used to be. Back home in Colombia I was on the national cycling team at one point. I worked on farms and wanted to be a veterinarian. Now I'm at home almost all of the time because of my low immune system. I think it would be great to have a drone to be able to see things from up high; it would be a good distraction for me while I'm in treatment.
Kaitlin, OH, Acute Lymphonic Leukemia
Disney Christmas with Palm Trees
My life was awesome! I was a senior in High School. I got really good grades & an awesome scholarship to the college I was going to attend. 2 days before my senior prom, I was diagnosed wil Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It was a whirlwind. Cancer took a lot, but it didn't take everything. I AM STRONG! Stronger than I ever knew. I will fight this everyday until I "Beat it."
I would love to hear the ocean and see the palm trees or go to Disney
Murray, NY, Ewings Sarcom
NBA All Star Game
Love finds a way in this amazing story!!! While working on a wish, we called to inquire on purchasing some tickets. Unknown to us we were speaking to a sibling of a young adult fighting cancer who just happened to be the person answering the phone that day! Needless to say, he went home and told his family about the Foundation. His mother shared with us, "Your organization is so amazing and truly inspiring. My son Murray has not been this excited about anything in a very long time. "
Elizabeth, IL, Epithelioid Hemangioendothelioma
Disney for the Family
I went to the hospital for stomach pain. After I got a CT the doctor came in the room and showed me the scans. There was 30+ tumors spread between my liver and my lungs. It took 5 long months to finally get my diagnosis. EHE (epithelioid hemangioendothelioma) a rare form of sarcoma. In that moment my world was turned upside down.
My family's life's got turned upside down. And when I found this foundation. I got so happy there may be a chance to take my kids somewhere with no doctors or sick mom. Somewhere warm with water and maybe Mickey Mouse. Somewhere that we are just a normal family again. Cancer is draining physically, mentally, and emotionally. All of us need a vacation from cancer.
Christine, NY, Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
meet Sam Hunt
Getting to meet Sam Hunt for her birthday was a dream come true!! Her mother wanted to express how very grateful she is and how excited Christine was when she received her box of goodies for the trip!
Kyle, IL, Ewings Sarcoma
Life is a gamble. You never know the hand that you will be dealt. Some people strike it rich when the dealer deals his cards. Some don't. Some fold right away. Some, like me, fight that crappy hand and turn it into a winner.
No, I am not a gambler. But Las Vegas is a cool place, a fun place. So, my wish is for a trip to Las Vegas. I have always wanted to see Penn and Teller. My mom and I went to Las Vegas when I was 8 and I wanted to see them then, but I wasn't old enough to see their show. I wouldn't mind seeing a comedian; I think all of us could use a big laugh. Most of all, I would really like to eat at one of Gordon Ramsay's restaurants. My mom and I have watched Hell's Kitchen for years and we both really like him.
My wish is take family with me to celebrate in Las Vegas style when I am declared cancer free and that should be in December. I know that by then, this crappy hand that I was dealt will be turned into 4 Aces and I will walk away from the table leaving Ewing's Sarcoma as the loser.
Charlie, NJ, Ewings Sarcoma
I graduated from High Point University on May 6th as one of the few people in my fraternity to have a job all lined up ready to go, I felt great...I had routine Doctor appointment ... the Doctor calls saying there is a 10.4 cm mass in there and we don't know if it is benign or aggressive at this point... I just knew I didn't have cancer there was no way that could happen to me... I was finally diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma.
Fast forward to today, my hair is gone, and I am through my first round of chemo therapy with my next one starting in a week.
When I found out about Nikolas Ritschel I got so excited. You hear all the time about foundations doing great things for people but when you become that person they reach out to, it's a feeling that sort of leaves you weak in the knees. Having a trip or some sort of relief planned to look forward to would not only give us something positive to continually talk about with friends and family constantly checking in, but it would provide us with a nice day dream, which I do a lot of, when the times get tough and I am feeling sick. I have learned a positive mindset is the key to a good bill of health and when you take into consideration all the people that have done everything they can to help me, make me comfortable and happy, that mindset is not only easier to get but owed to all of those individuals.
Annie, ME, Synovial Sarcoma
Yellowstone National Parks
I'm a 23 y/o Physician Assistant Studies graduate student who was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma approximately 3 months ago. Being a college student, funds were getting tight toward the end of this past spring semester (our program does not allow for a job during the semester), so I was counting on my summer job to allow me to save up some money to travel during the second half of the summer. During finals week however, severe pain brought me to a podiatrist who ultimately discovered my cancer. The first month of summer I spent hopping from appointment to appointment in a distant city and the months to follow have been eaten up in radiation and exhaustion. I'm still undergoing treatment. I wasn't able to do many fun things this summer because of money. I'm hoping that the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation can help inject a little reprieve & fun into my life! Throughout this journey, my boyfriend has sacrificed so much time to take care of me, he even made it to every single one of my radiation treatments. We've found ourselves spending a ton of time outside. Being outside in the sun and feeling the wind on my face has been an important form of therapy for me... It makes me feel alive. My dream would be to camp in or around Yellowstone National Parks. Reconnecting with nature fills my soul more than city lights ever could.
Thank you for considering me
Drew, FL, Spindle Cell Sarcoma
Drew was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta and at the age of 19 has been diagnosed with Spindle Cell Sarcoma.
His wish is to have a Disney Cruise!
Carter, IL, Melanoma
Beach time on Captiva Island
"Much love back to you all! We can't wait to meet you and get involved with Nik's wish! What a special foundation carrying such blessings of love, hope and joy! God is so good.
Patrick, PA, Ewings Sarcoma
"Patrick witnessed a rainbow that was the shape of a circle in a spot that was completely remote. Said it was very spiritual .. Meant for him to see... You have made us smile a lot. Seeing him happy, laughing and so in awe of God's creation is a gift."
Daniel, IL Testicular Cancer
Train ride through the Grand Canyon
Danny is a 21year old man who happens to have Down syndrome. On the day of diagnosis our family whirlwind started. He was scheduled for surgery 4 days later to have his testicle removed. After many doctor appointments trying to determine what course of action was going to take place to cure him and eradicate the spread of the cancer to his lymph nodes, it was decided to go with 3, 2week rounds of chemo. By the grace of God it seems that the things that were of concern have shrunk in size and he is to have bloodwork in 6-8 wks to monitor and to schedule a CT/PET scan in 6-9 months.
Danny loves train rides, so he would like to go on the Grand Canyon Railway Train in Arizona. It would be a great family celebration after this year.
Juan, MA, Hodgkins Lymphoma
New computer to help him complete High SchoolI started treatment for my lymphoma in Puerto Rico, where I am from. I was working (as an actor in plays) and getting my treatment until Hurricane Maria. The hospitals were no longer working and I couldn't continue to get the chemotherapy so I had to come to Massachusetts where a great aunt of mine took me in. I have to start my life over here in Massachusetts because there still isn't good medical care in Puerto Rico. I'm planning on learning English, getting my GED, and am going to start to look for work as soon as my doctors say I can. It's been really hard to be separated from everyone and to be dependent on family I don't know as well. I am hoping to get a laptop to help me study English and get my GED
Sara, CA, Hodgkins Lymphoma
I was interning at the Department of Human Services when I noticed a lump in my neck. After a couple of test my doctor found cancer. I was broken. I had just graduated College and was starting my life. I had double majored in Human Services and Spanish. It was always my dream to help others. I live by the motto: The greatest form of humanity is doing something for someone else that can't do anything for you in return. I NEVER in a million years thought I would have to fight so young. Losing my hair was one of the hardest things ever, but also one of the easiest. I'm happier in a way. I see life as a precious gift. "Life is the best ticket to the greatest show on earth". I finally understand this quote because it's true. I've never been as happy and content as now. Who would've thought. One of my biggest wish is to visit Disneyland with my family and stay in the Princess tower. Belle is my favorite princess.
Sophrona, UT, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Sophie has been bravely fighting leukemia and enduring chemotherapy for the past 10 months. She was in her senior year of high school with an agreement to play college soccer the next fall when she was diagnosed. Since then, her life has been put on hold while all of her friends went on senior trips, started college and began adult life out in the world. She has done her best to keep her chin up and has been very positive through all of it, but watching everyone around her live normal full lives while she has been home and hospital bound has been difficult.
We would love to provide a family trip somewhere where she can feel like a normal person for a minute and rejuvenate. Most of the programs we see are for children under 18 and she had just turned 18 when she was diagnosed, so she doesn't qualify for any of those.
Bailey, AR, Hodgkins Lymphoma
I was a normal nineteen year old enjoying life. I just started my Sophomore year in college and working a fun part time job. I went to my parents and showed them my swollen neck. I had not been feeling well for a while and it was starting to affect my daily life. I was fatigued and loosing lots of weight in a short amount of time. We scheduled a biopsy surgery on a lymph node in my. We got the call that I have Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Due to my illness, my doctors thought it would be best if I dropped college until further notice and my job is being held by my kind bosses.
Raul, IL, B Cell Lymphoma
Before I was diagnosed, I worked as a security guard for 3 years. I was about to start a new job as a fraud investigator for UPS. Granting me this wish would allow me to get away from chemo and forget about the 4 months of treatment.
Deysi, MA, Sarcoma
I was diagnosed with metastatic sarcoma in June. I have lesions in my brain and my lungs, my liver and pancreas and bone -- all over. I had brain radiation and now am starting chemotherapy at Dana-Farber in Boston. It takes two hours for me to get to the hospital from where I live. I can't work any more and depend on help from my boyfriend and my family. I am tired a lot and can't go out alone too much but everyone has to work so I am home a lot. I have lost a lot of weight since I got sick. I'm asking for an iPhone to be able to talk to my family and have something to do.
Shakeria, FL, Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor
Before I was diagnosed I was in college full time to be a teacher. I loved to go out and have fun with my family. Now, a lot of my time is spent getting treatment and being home in bed. For the last year and a half, my family have been traveling an hour and a half from our home so that I can get my treatment. A lot of my time has been spent in the hospital. After such a long treatment, my family and I would love to have a fun family vacation to relax and celebrate my completion of chemotherapy.
Peter, MN, Astrocytoma tumor -Gliomat
Pete is unable to speak or write, so I am submitting this for him (his mom, Sandy) Pete just turned 24 in the hospital. He graduated the business school at the University of MN-Twin Cities in 2016. He studied very hard and landed a terrific job right out of college working as a Business Analyst in Management Information Systems. He had a seizure at work and was rushed to the ER. We took him to Mayo Clinic where we got the devastating news of Peter's tumor, the rare nature of it, and the high grade. It is inoperable and he began radiation/chemo right away.
I can't begin to express how much this awful disease has impacted all of us. We appreciate the opportunity to share Peter's story. It's a sad one, but warriors never stop fighting. It just takes a lot of energy and you take it day by day. Sometimes hour by hour. We are very tired. We would love the opportunity to get away to sun, sand and beaches. Spend time together outside of hospitals and clinics. So we could laugh and forget even if just for a short time.
Paulo, AR, Aveolar Soft Part Sarcoma
We traditionally spend the week of July 4 in Pensacola, Florida every year, pretty much stayed at the same hotel and everything. I started saving money at the beginning of each year for this. My son was diagnosed with cancer. We are from Little Rock, AR and the treatment is at MD Anderson in Houston, TX. We go to Houston twice a month, 3-4 days per visit twice a month. To make it short, the money for vacation is all used for treatment and not enough. My son last week requested to go back to Florida like we always do. My heart crushed. We don't know how can we afford that on top of medical trips and bills. If you can make it happen for him, please do so. He graduated with Professional Pilot Degree, Summa Cum Laude. He is in the top 10 Seniors of Oklahoma State University. He wanted to be a Pilot since he was a little boy. He worked so hard in all his school years so he can reach his dream. ( I can't write anymore, my tears are flowing like crazy right now.). I never saw myself asking assistance from anybody...but now, look at me...I'm doing everything for my son...
Amber, MI, Hodgkins Lymphoma
Road Trip to TN
When I received that unexpected phone call, I did not realize at the time how much it would affect my life. I was in shock. At the time, I was currently 33 weeks pregnant. After the delivery, I was not able to be at home all the time with my newborn to enjoy and fully recover, like how I had envisioned. My life was instantly thrown into a world that was new, scary, and full of the unknowns. Within just over 2 weeks after I delivered my baby, I had to jump right into the testing, surgery to get my port in, and start chemotherapy.
It has been hard dealing with cancer and trying to keep up with all of the special moments with my newborn son. Going on a trip would give my family and I the opportunity to take a break from the emotional and mental strains the diagnosis has caused. It would be an absolute blessing to be able to spend time together somewhere and make new memories in the midst of a difficult journey. I would love to go on a trip to Tennessee with my whole family. It would help us to feel a sense of "normalness" for a little while and to get away from cancer.
Jenicka, CA, Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
I am a 23 year old nursing student who just got diagnosed with Stage 2 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. I have been happily married to my husband for a whole 1 year!! LOL but we've been in love for almost 10 years.. When I was diagnosed, we were told that there was a 50% chance that the chemotherapy that I will be starting (R-CHOP) will put me into menopause resulting in the inability to have children.
Christopher , NJ, ALL
I was a senior in college taking my final exam, when I went to the hospital with fatigue and severe muscle pain. I went to Robert wood Johnson hospital in new Brunswick, NJ. A bone marrow test confirmed that I had Acute Lyphoblastic leukemia high risk. I was rushed to the ICU due to severe low blow pressure and pulse. I was induced into a comma and my mom told me I had bacillus due to rice or protein. My body faced kidney and liver failure because I was facing septic shock but after the medication brought down my stats I than faced another infection which was yeast. After 3 weeks in the ICU I returned to the hematology floor where they continue my chemo gradually as my body tried to heal. I was facing rehabilitation due to my inability to walk and swallow. I went to a rehab facility for 4 weeks in between being returned for a high fever. I finally went home and went to outpatient facility. I am still in active chemo till but planning to graduate college from Rutgers Busch campus and my major is Economics. I am a fighter and very determined.
Armando, IN, ALL
Train ride through the Grand Canyon
Before I was diagnosed I was isolated and much of a lone wolf. I didn't appreciate life as I should have been. I could care less about anything even my own health. I was just being me. The day I was diagnosed things changed. I was numb. I stayed strong and kept a positive mind set. I hit remission and my views of the world changed. I began to appreciate every bit of life. I bought a Canon rebel 100 and began capturing every beautiful bit of life.
Then my brother, mother and grandfather died and I relapsed. I went insane. Everything that happened threw me in a dark pit. My friends helped me. We chilled and listened to LOGIC. Please send us to the concert.
Sophia, CA, Lymphoma
I was diagnosed with Lymphoma cancer and I've spent the last four months at NIH hospital for having a bone marrow transplant and I've had six surgeries in the past and now I'm just recovering. I would like to be able to go see my favorite k-pop group BTS with my friends .
Andrea, MA, GIST, Sarcoma
I was 22 years old. It began when I woke up one morning with a strong pain in my stomach. At first it was tolerable, but after a few hours it became much worse. They had found a mass between the stomach and pancreas, which had broken, causing internal bleeding and pain. A month later, they gave me the results of the biopsy GIST. When you hear the word "cancer", you immediately relate it to painful processes until you get to death. When I received the news, I had my family at my side. I felt anguish and fear, but that was something I could not show because I had to be strong for them. I must confess that when I heard that the type of chemotherapy I would receive would not make my hair fall out, I felt very relieved. I know that was not the most important thing, but I think that as a woman that kind of thing comes to matter a lot. At this point in my life, I just wish I could live even 1 day without thinking about cancer. Due to my treatment my hair is turning gray, weak and short. I like to use makeup, but I do not know what type of makeup to use since my skin is also changing. I would like to have my hair long and with a nice color, live a day of shopping and for that day I do not have to worry about anything. I hope you can help me
Lucas, IL Osteosarcoma
I was in the beginning months of my senior year in high school and applying for college. My dream is to become an actor and perform on Broadway. I was really confident in myself and knew I was growing as a performing and becoming a better actor. During Joseph and the play, I felt a bump right under my knee and it became harder and harder to move around. I got an MRI and was told I had a tumor then got a biopsy and was diagnosed with bone cancer. I never broke a bone or sprained anything in my body and this was the first major medical incident in my life. I was devastated. I just had auditioned for the school musical and was given the lead but had to say no because of my diagnosis. I had to cancel my college auditions and decline my college acceptances as well but am going to community college first to get my gen. eds. and save money as well. My whole childhood I grew up loving Disney and couldn't get enough of it. I would love to go back to Disney World as well as Universal Studios and go on a trip with my family and boyfriend and free my mind from this experience.