Dylan was a healthy, active, social young teenager, who loved sports and being with friends. He was an avid baseball and basketball player… until the summer before 8th grade. He noticed bruises on his body, and after trips to the doctor's, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia*, (ALL) in August 2009. He underwent numerous rounds of chemotherapy, multiple hospital stays, many procedures, and setbacks. He finished his initial treatment in May of 2010, and is currently in the maintenance phase. He has returned to school, grown his hair back, and is enjoying his summer. He is looking forward to high school, and playing sports again.
* Acute Lymphoblastic or Lymphocytic Leukemia, (ALL), is a fast growing cancer of the white blood cells. Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell that the body uses to fight infections. The blasts do not develop properly. These cancerous lymphocytic cells are abnormal, and cannot fight infections and crowd out the production of healthy white blood cells.