Beating Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia Awareness RibbonAlthough Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia is a devastating diagnosis to any child, when it is diagnosed early enough, there is hope, as can be seen by the following case.

In the spring of 2009, Grant’s parents noticed that he had a very bloated and hard stomach, but thought the conditions would simply go away naturally. His distended stomach remained for days and was accompanied by a low grade fever so Mom and Dad immediately took him to the emergency room.

Following extensive tests and scans, physicians discovered anaemia, an alarmingly low platelet count and an inflamed spleen. Grant’s father, a pathologist, examined the cells and immediately knew the grim diagnosis of leukaemia for his grandson.

On May 24, 2009, after additional tests, transfusions and a bone marrow biopsy, 2-year-old Grant began his fight against Philadelphia Chromosome Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL), a condition in which less than 50% of those inflicted survive.

Grant began a grueling 32 months of chemotherapy treatment at Texas Children’s Cancer Center. The treatment was debilitating and caused him to suffer from neuromuscular side effects, losing his ability to walk, talk or even sit up on his own. It was an arduous path, but he continued fighting.

With assistance of multiple therapies, the support of family and friends, the clinical trial of a drug, Gleevec®, and the expertise and care of our medical team, he gradually recovered. Finally, Grant received his last chemotherapy in early August 2012.


Thanks to Texas Children’s Hospital, Grant is now living the life of a healthy 6-year-old kindergartener. He loves baseball (especially his hometown hero, Craig Biggio) and spending time with his best friend and resilient big sister, Claire.

The main reason that Grant was able to overcome his cancer is because his father was aware of the Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer and took action immediately, which resulted in an early diagnosis and getting Grant on treatment quickly.

Make sure that you and those that you love who have children also know what the Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer are

Early Warning Signs



About LFCT

This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

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