CHKD Patient Story

Mark Young, Age 22

Two years ago, Mark’s life was going full steam ahead. After graduating from Granby High School, he was attending Norfolk State University on a baseball scholarship. He stayed busy, studying political science and history, playing ball and participating in swim club. Around Thanksgiving 2006, Mark began having headaches. At his mother and father’s insistence, he went to the doctor to see what was wrong.

They were shocked when Mark was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a type of brain tumor that grows rapidly and often blocks drainage of cerebral spinal fluid, which bathes the brain and spinal cord.

Mark’s doctors at CHKD started treatment immediately, combining surgery, radiation and chemotherapy to control the tumor. His treatment has been exhausting, but has gone well. Last fall he started college classes again. However, the stress of going to school and fighting cancer at the same time proved too much, so his doctors recommended that he take this semester off to concentrate on getting well.

And that he is. Mark goes to the gym and to physical therapy to work on his balance, coordination and walking ability which was affected by the tumor. His treatment continues at CHKD’s cancer clinic.

Mark says he feels comfortable at CHKD – especially at the cancer clinic. “They make you feel at home,” he said of the doctors and nurses -- especially Teresa whom he refers to as “Mother Teresa.”

Mark looks forward to finishing his treatment and pursuing a degree in public administration.

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