Entries by Mary Kate


My name is Taylor Matt. I’m seventeen years old. I am a high school senior and I’m currently battling leukemia for the second time. I was first diagnosed with leukemia when I was eleven, about to turn twelve. I fought through it with confidence and the desire of just getting it all over with. After […]


UPDATE: In December of 2009, when I was a freshman at SUNY Oswego, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor in my cerebellum, the part of your brain that controls balance and coordination. After having the tumor removed on February 1, 2010, I found out that my tumor was in fact a cancer called Medulloblastoma. […]


On March 10, 2011, twelve year old Joshua was diagnosed with a rare, fast-moving form of cancer called Burkitt’s Leukemia (B-cell ALL). After a month of illness, a trip to the emergency room revealed two large tumors in his abdomen. Joshua was admitted to the hospital and started on aggressive chemo right away. Joshua started […]


Following months of concern over obscure symptoms and misdiagnoses, William’s devastating diagnosis of Stage III Neuroblastoma was made in December 2009, when he was 6 months old. William had an inoperable 10cm tumor encapsulating nearly all the vital organs, blood vessels and nerves in his abdomen. He endured chemotherapy to shrink the tumor and then […]


UPDATE: Last fall at age 5, Caroline was diagnosed with an extremely rare tumor for kids in her right parotid gland.  She had 2 surgeries at Upstate to remove the tumor and didn’t require any further treatment (we are extremely thankful for that).  Now 6 years old,  she has survived cancer twice and is a […]


Hello my name is Mary Katherine,  I was born with stage 4 Neuroblastoma Cancer.  Today I’m a healthy teenager at Bishop Ludden, although my treatment left me with a learning disability and PTSD. I go to Bishop Ludden and live with my mom and dad and have five sisters. I thank God everyday for letting […]


Connor was diagnosed with a Wilms Tumor (Kidney Cancer) at 4 1/2 years old, Since that time we still continue our fight EVERYDAY, Things are easier, things get better….but Childhood Cancer always remains and the affects it brought with it remain as well. Connor continues to fight the battle of the long term side effects […]


Jack Stanley Podkaminer gained his angel wings just 12 days short of his third birthday, after a 10 month battle with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma (ERMS). Jack was diagnosed in late April 2013, and was incredibly brave and tough through his treatments. Chemotherapy started on April 25, 2013, at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and more than two […]