Anthony was diagnosed at just 2.5 years with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer. A spontaneous, heavy nosebleed took him to the emergency room and after it was stopped a blood test revealed leukemia to be the culprit. He was taken to the hospital in an ambulance and started on chemotherapy less than 24 hours later. Thus started his roughly 3.5 year treatment protocol.
Today Anthony is very much a regular 4 year old boy who just happens to be in cancer treatment. He loves playing soccer, swimming, Lego and reading Robert Munsch stories. He has an infectious smile and enjoys nothing more than to make people laugh. When he grows up, he wants to be a reporter.
Thanks to decades of research, children with this type of cancer can expect a up to a 95% cure rate today. This highlights both the effectiveness of scientific research and the continued need to fund it so that all children diagnosed with cancer can have a long, healthy future.