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In July of 2020, Aaron’s family began to notice changes that were unusual for an otherwise active and healthy teenager. After a trip to their local emergency room, bloodwork indicated that Aaron might have leukemia. That night, Aaron arrived at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital where Dr. Weiss was waiting for him, and the unthinkable was confirmed—Aaron was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
Amidst all of the fear and uncertainty, Dr. Weiss’ words gave them the confidence to face the long treatment road ahead: “We know how to treat this, and we do so successfully all the time.”
According to Aaron’s mother, Alisa, “The road has featured hills and valleys. Even without complications, the treatment protocol depletes patients of their strength and energy, and Aaron was no exception. Still, he showed enormous grit throughout, and for that we credit not only Aaron’s inner strength but also the environment of MCCP and BBCH. Every member of the care team is exceptional at what they do. They are immensely skilled, and their competence inspires the confidence and hope that their patients need to overcome their disease.
Aaron finished his treatment last November, and we feel so lucky to be celebrating this milestone. He is now a thriving sophomore. He’s a leader on his rowing team, he’s excelling academically, and he’s even driving with a permit. None of this—none of it—would have been possible without Maine Children’s Cancer Program and their excellent care for Aaron. We are forever in their debt.”