Stories about: Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center

Athlete’s mystery pain is low-grade glioma

Erin, who had surgery for a low-grade glioma, kicks a soccer ball during a game.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE HOLMBERG FAMILY

It started with muscle aches in her shoulders, almost like spasms, while she slept. The pain was awful, and nothing seemed to bring relief. But because Erin Holmberg is a varsity three-sport athlete — soccer, basketball and track — everyone assumed it was muscular pain caused by overexertion.

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Landon: Cancer-free after neuroblastoma treatment

Landon, who was treated for neuroblastoma, rides a scooter
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE CATO FAMILY

The first year of a baby’s life is filled with milestones, but between sitting and standing up, holding his bottle and playing peek-a-boo, there was one thing Landon Cato developed his parents never anticipated: cancer.

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Cole: Having a ball after CAR T-cell therapy

Cole, who received CART T-cell therapy for ALL, poses with his twin brother before a baseball game.
Cole, left, and his brother, Michael [PHOTOS COURTESY OF MALONE FAMILY]
 

After undergoing a promising new treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), Cole Malone is back to doing what he loves: playing on a flag football team with his twin brother, Michael.

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Manny: Hoping new research helps others with sickle cell disease

Manny, who is in a clinical trial for sickle cell disease, is examined by his doctor.
Manny at a visit with Dr. Esrick [PHOTO: SAM OGDEN/DANA FARBER]
Emmanuel “Manny” Johnson, Jr., shares many loves with his little brother, Aiden — from basketball to video games. One thing he wishes they did not share is sickle cell disease (SCD), so Manny is playing a role in a new effort to improve treatment for patients like 7-year-old Aiden, himself and others living with the inherited blood disorder.

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