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Whitney

GOT CHIP? VALEDICTORIAN!

Diagnosis: Medulloblastoma

Hobbies: Motivational Speaking

Favorite Song: “Part of Me” by Katy Perry  

CHIP Impact:  MicroArray Chip data has accurately identified a particular high risk medulloblastoma (c-myc positive).  This has enabled us to adjust therapy and now means that children with this variant of medulloblastoma, previously incurable, now have a reasonable chance of cure.

Two weeks into her freshman year of high school, Whitney began to have bad headaches, nausea, loss of appetite and fatigue. Soon after, she found out they were caused by a Medullablastoma tumor. It was the size of a walnut and was located at the base of her brain, blocking spinal fluid from moving up and down her spinal cord. She had surgery to remove the tumor, followed by three chemotherapy/radiation treatments and nine maintenance chemotherapy treatments. With the help of research funded by the Morgan Adams Foundation, Dr. Nick Foreman of Children’s Colorado was able to adjust the treatment for high-risk medulloblastoma tumors, finding a cure for a previously incurable disease. Since her treatment, Whitney was valedictorian of her class, a Kansas Regent Scholar, and an inspirational speaker. She is currently attending Colby Community College in order to become a nurse, is a member of a sorority, and is on the honor roll.