Hank was 7 years old when he was diagnosed with a stage IV Wilms’ tumor last year.
The tumor started in his left kidney – all Wilms’ tumors begin in one of the kidneys – and by the time it was found, it was the size of his head and had spread to his abdomen and both lungs.
“His first lung CT scan looked like Swiss cheese from all of the growths,” said his mom, Christine.
The whole family was scared, including Hank.
“It was shocking,” said the third grader. “The first thought that raced through my head was, ‘Am I going to live?’”
Waiting to turn 21 as a member of the millennial generation is a rite of passage with a whole slew of traditions. For me, it was drinking a margarita at midnight on a Tuesday while doing advertising homework, enjoying a birthday cake with a drunk look-alike Barbie doll adorned by liquor shots and finally using those alcoholic emojis on Facebook without fear of legal repercussion.
We all know good nutrition and exercise are key to a healthy lifestyle. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains and less intake of meat, especially red meat and processed meats, is associated with a lower risk of cancer and better overall health.