Mack is the baby of four children. He was not yet three years old when, on January 20, 2021, his parents received the earthshattering news that their silly, energetic baby boy had cancer.

Mack started with subtle symptoms of lethargy, a small rash, decreased appetite and signs of respiratory distress. After a few weeks of visits to the pediatrician and treatments for suspected pneumonia/asthma, Mack was taken to the ER by his mother during a particularly scary episode of respiratory distress. A chest X-ray revealed a large mass in his tiny body. The tumor was almost immediately diagnosed as cancer, and little Mack was admitted to the pediatric ICU that same day.

After more than two weeks of biopsies and tests, Mack was diagnosed with an aggressive and rare form of lymphoma—specifically, Stage 3 Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. A PET scan also revealed that Mack had a bone lesion on one vertebra in his spine and one on each of his femurs.

Mack will endure six rounds of intense chemotherapy, with each round lasting about three weeks, before determining the rest of his treatment plan. So far Mack has had two rounds of chemo and has tolerated it well. He is a trooper, and such a happy little guy. This trial has been hard on Mack’s whole family, and his three older siblings hate being away from their baby brother. They are all cheering him on and know he can beat this!

Every child who has been diagnosed with childhood cancer inspires us to Rally On to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cures. Please join us in the fight against childhood cancer by making a donation or setting up your own Rally fundraiser today.

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