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Joe - A Survivor Story

Friday, 10.18.2013 / 11:41 AM ET
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2013 Hockey Fights Cancer Blog

Throughout October, will share stories submitted by our fans who have survived cancer. Today we meet Joe, who survived Neuroblastoma, and is now enjoying life as a sophomore at West Islip High School. To submit your own personal survivor story for our blog, e-mail

At 20 months I was diagnosed with stage 3 Neuroblastoma. I had surgery, chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant and radiation treatments. During my hospital stays at CCMC, my favorite parts were the clowns that would visit and the Lorna Doone cookies I was given for snacks. My parents were very appreciative of the nurses who made this time bearable for them. My family and I cannot thank them enough for all the medical and moral support they gave us during this tough time.

At age 14 I am currently a sophomore at West Islip High School. I am a second degree blackbelt in Shaolin Kempo Karate. I have played many instruments and am currently learning piano and percussion. I was a 2013 Relay for Life captain of team Cancerinators.




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