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Britt’s story starts at age 11, with swollen glands that were misdiagnosed as Cat Scratch Fever for 3 months. In March of 2012, Britt was sent to Penn State Hershey Medical Center where she was diagnosed on March 15th with T-Cell Lymphoma. Britt endured 10 months of intense treatment, two years of maintenance treatment, and concluded treatment in November of 2016 when she had her chemotherapy port removed! Britt is now almost 19 years old, happy and healthy. This year, Britt is a sophomore at Bloomsburg University studying American Sign Language (ASL). She is also involved with Young Life and as a Tour Guide on campus! Britt’s constant positive energy is so uplifting not just to our organization, but to the entire THON community! It is a privilege to have her and her family in our lives!
Kimberly and Allison were born prematurely at 27 weeks gestation in November of 2012. At 20 weeks gestation, their parents were informed that due to placental malformation, Kimberly’s chance of survival was 50%. She took those odds, spent 10 weeks on a ventilator and 6 months in the neonatal intensive care unit, and came home to her sister with significant but reversible challenges. Kimberly conquered most of these health issues, but some symptoms persisted, leading to more questions and testing. Eventually, an abdominal ultrasound discovered a large tumor in her liver. At 21 months of age Kimberly was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma and was again battling for her life. Treatment began immediately with 4 rounds of in-patient chemotherapy followed by a surgical procedure to resect 60% of her liver with a 10-day hospital stay. After 2 more rounds of chemotherapy, Kimberly concluded treatment. She remains in remission, with the only evidence of her struggles being a large abdominal scar and two hearing aids, as she lost some frequencies of hearing due to the chemotherapy. This year, Kimberly has transitioned into the Survivorship Clinic, marking 5 years having passed since the conclusion of treatment! Currently, Kimberly is doing well, starting first grade, and lighting up each room she enters! The twins just celebrated their 7th birthday in November and are full of energy; they love to play soccer, take swimming lessons, and put ketchup on EVERYTHING!
We are SO lucky to have these amazing families in all of our lives, and spending time with them is something we will all remember and cherish long after our years at Penn State end! Keep scrolling to see some of our shenanigans throughout the year as we work towards our goal of ending childhood cancer:
Bender Visit - Fall 2019
100 Days Til’ THON!
Hershey Tour & Chocolate World!