4 Years Old at Diagnosis.
Bradley was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) on November 7, 2014 when he was 4 years old. He underwent four aggressive rounds of chemotherapy from November 2014 until February 2015, where he was inpatient almost 80% of the time. We then learned that he would need a stem cell transplant.
Luckily, Bradley’s twin sister and sidekick, Charlie, was a perfect match for him. Charlie donated her stem cells to her brother on February 17, 2015, and he remained in the hospital for almost a month in order to recover. But thanks to Charlie’s super fighter cells, Bradley has a new chance at life.
Bradley has been in remission for two years and we are about to celebrate his two year re-birthday in February 2017. He and Charlie are in the first grade together, in the same classroom, and they’re the best of friends. They remain closer than ever before.
Childhood cancer still has a long way to go. Considering the amount of funding that is spent from the government on childhood cancer, there needs to be more done. I know that if Bradley relapses, we will be in a position where we will be wondering what methods of treatment we will use, and it’s very scary. There needs to be more research done so that we can sleep at night!
Written by Jennifer Godish, Bradley & Charlie’s mother