Allen, Diagnosed at 8, Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)

Since he was diagnosed with leukemia, 8-year-old Allen has had to wrestle some tough realities.

Allen, Diagnosed at 8, Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)He’s faced them down with maturity and courage, inspired by the goal of returning to his two favorite activities – riding his bicycle and playing with his friends at school.

“Before he was sick, Allen was the kind of child who never stopped running, never complained of being tired,” says his mom, Candelaria. “But he also has a serious side, and he understands that now he has to take it easy.”

Allen is fighting acute myeloid leukemia, more difficult to cure than other more common forms of childhood leukemia. Benefiting from Texas Children’s Cancer Center’s dedication to being at the forefront of cancer care, Allen has received the latest treatments available for his disease. His family also has found comfort tin the center’s compassionate approach to care and its family centered programs.

“We know we get the latest and best treatments possible at Texas Children’s,” Candelaria says. “Everyone there takes such good care of Allen – and of us as a family.”

This story was first featured in December 2002 during the Curing Children’s Cancer Center Radiothon


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Allen, Diagnosed at 8, Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)