LARCHMONT, MAMARONECK– Katie Broderick is a wonderful little girl in the fourth grade. Connor Robinson is a sweet, athletic third grader. Both are from great families. Both are at Larchmont’s Murray Avenue School. And both of them are cancer survivors.
For Katie, a simple chest x-ray at the age of 2 1/2 brought her to the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital Emergency Room with softball sized tumor surrounding her heart. She was diagnosed with Lymphoblastic Lymphoma and went on to begin two years of chemotherapy. Now she says, “I beat cancer.”
Connor developed a dangerously fast heart rate at the age of 4 weeks. At the emergency room it was discovered that he had a baseball size tumor in his chest pushing on his heart and snaking downward along his spinal canal. Skilled surgeons at Sloane Kettering were able to remove the entire Neuroblastoma Tumor.
Says Connor’s mother Katie Robinson, “Honestly- we feel so lucky. We got so close to losing him. In addition after they did the two 8 hour surgeries to remove the tumors we then found that he was also almost paralyzed by the tumors. The treatment we received at Sloane Kettering was exceptional.”
So what can you do to make sure these kind of happy endings happen to all children with cancer? Get a buzz cut!
Katie and Connor are sponsoring the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s Spring Buzz Cut with Murray Cancer Survivors May 5th from 9-11 at Molly Spillane’s in Mamaroneck. Join as an individual or form your own “team” to honor family and friends who have battled cancer.
Says Katie’s mother Patricia Broderick, “At the time of her diagnosis her cure rate was around 80%. Ten years prior the cure rate was more like 50%. The money that had been raised by those who came before us has helped enable research to find effective ways of saving an extra 2-3 kids. Going forward my hope is to find away to get all childhood cancers at the 100% cure rate.”
Connor’s mom, Katie, says, “Who knows- maybe we can make this a yearly event!”
There is a similar event being hosted at Every Thing Hair on April 26th from 4-8pm for girls who would like to donate their long hair to LOCKS FOR LOVE. It is a group that makes wigs for children with cancer. 1258 Boston Post Road 914-833-9523.