Meet Eden: 2019 Family Advocacy Day Champion
Eden is participating at 2019 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day from June 25-26 in Washington, D.C. During the event, Eden will share information about her health journey and the importance of children’s health care with members of Congress. Below is her story.
When you meet Eden, the first thing you’ll notice is her lovely smile. It is as bright as her spirit is strong!
In June of 2015, when Eden was just 10 years old, she was diagnosed with a rare tumor that had spread throughout her body, including her leg, shoulder and hip cavity. Eden lost the ability to walk for nearly a year as she fought the cancer. Soon after diagnosis, Eden’s treatment plan was drafted by the Rare Tumors and Neuroblastoma programs at Texas Children’s Hospital—this plan included many taxing rounds of chemotherapy and hip surgery.
Eden participated in a clinical trial for pediatric patients with cancer and went into remission. The staff at Texas Children’s went above and beyond their job duties to care for Eden. Today, she is cancer-free for the second time with no evidence of the disease in her bones! Eden pushes hard and fights to get better—she is an overcomer.
Eden is grateful to her team of doctors and wants to give back to families with children battling cancer. She wants to volunteer at Camp Periwinkle and Camp YOLO for cancer patients at Texas Children's Hospital in the near future.
Join us in welcoming Eden to 2019 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day!