At 15, Sean was busy enjoying 10th grade. He played volleyball and especially enjoyed hanging with his friends. In September 2009, he began to have leg pain and nausea. He went to the ER on Thanksgiving Eve at Bayonne Hospital, where blood tests were ordered. Within hours, he was diagnosed with Leukemia. Bayonne transported him to Robert Wood Johnson, and Sean started chemo there the following day. He then received an official diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia, (AML)*. He continued chemo for 10 days, and then spent the next several months receiving five rounds of 10 day intensive in-patient Chemotherapy treatments. Sean had numerous side effects from the Chemo, but stayed strong, and made it through. He also worked hard, and was able to keep current with his school work. He is now in remission, and continues to get regular blood work to make sure he is still on the right track. He looks forward to getting on with life, getting his driver's license, having good times with his friends, and wants to be successful when he grows up.
*Acute Myeloid Leukemia, (AML), is a cancer of the myeloid cells, which starts in the bone marrow and spreads to the blood. These cancerous cells begin as blasts that do not develop correctly, then multiply out of control, crowding out good blood cells. AML can spread to the lymph system and other vital organs, and occasionally manifest itself as a solid tumor.