Justin Collins
In honor of...
Justin Lee Collins
Date of Birth:
23 Aug 2001
Date of Diagnosis:
01 Jul 2005 at Stage South Carolina
When I grow up, I want to be:
My family:
Mom/Janet, Dad/Lou, Brother/Tyler
My pets:
My favorite place:
Folly Beach
My favorite thing:
My favorite song:
Only Human by Christina Perri
Something special about Justin:
In 2005 Justin was only 3 ½ years old when he was diagnosed with a rare form of pediatric cancer called Neuroblastoma. The cancer invaded his neck, chest, pelvis, abdomen, eye, brain, bone marrow and sinus cavity. He was given a 30% chance of survival when he was first diagnosed. He endured 3 years of high dose chemo, radiation, painful antibody therapy, frequent bone marrow biopsies, tests and surgeries. He relapsed twice during those 3 years. Each time survival decreased by 10%. After his second tumor resection in his brain, the cancer leaked into his spinal fluid putting him at an extremely high risk of another relapse. In 2008, scans showed no signs of cancer; however he remained on chemo because of the risk of relapse. By the end of the year, chemo was discontinued due to the fear of developing a secondary cancer. Justin never complained during those 3 years of fighting for his life…NEVER! Not a peep about the nausea, pain, or the bubble I put him in when his immune system was shot. He is a true warrior and my hero. I’m grateful for what he’s taught me. I’m inspired by his strength. I’m grateful for family, friends, the doctors, nurses and staff at MUSC and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NY who got him (us) where we are today. Early last month he went back to NY for testing. There has been no evidence of disease for over since 2008. Amazing!! I’m in awe of him. I’m looking into his future when I thought he didn’t have one and embracing every single day I get to spend with him.
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