The youngest of three children, Leo was a busy, active ten-year-old in the fall of 2008. He is and athlete, but had begun to get wiped out after football practices. Then, one day when his mother discovered a lump on his neck, she got him to the doctors immediately. Leo was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma*, and began treatment at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he met Malcolm, and they became fast friends. From November 2008 to March 2009, Leo underwent four rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. His cancer responded well, and Leo has been in remission ever since. Leo is a handsome boy with a great sense of humor, winning smile, and tremendous compassion. Although he continues to return to CHOP for scheduled tests, he is happy, healthy, and back to school, sports, and living life!
*Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, (NHL,) is a group of about a dozen cancers that are found in the lymph system. The Lymph nodes protect a body from infection. The specific type of cancer cells found determine which sub-type of NHL a child has and what their treatment protocol will be.