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Our Hero: Robert

BY Kadesha Washington

As a pitcher on his baseball team, Rob relied on his arms. When he started to experience shoulder pain every time he pitched, he knew something was wrong. The pain became unbearable, and Rob went to a doctor for an MRI. After a referral to Columbia University Irving Medical Center and more testing, he learned there was a tumor in his right shoulder.

Rob was a junior in high school when he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in December  2016. Over four months, he received four separate chemotherapy treatments each lasting four to five days. Rob has been cancer-free for two years and is currently a thriving college student at Syracuse University.

Throughout his cancer journey, Rob’s family and friends were by his side every step of the way. And so was his team at Columbia. “I was treated by the best doctors and nurses you could possibly have,” said Rob. “They cared for me with such great diligence, always checking on me and making sure my treatments were going OK.”

Every person in the Hope & Heroes community— including our doctors, researchers, and staff—wants our patients to grow up healthy and happy, and we work together to achieve that goal. “Hope & Heroes IS an amazing organization,” said Rob. “From activities in the clinic to events and fundraisers, they provide support to kids and families while they are going through treatment.”


Your support of Hope & Heroes helps ensure that patients like Rob receive the very best treatment so they can enjoy as much of their lives as possible. Please donate today!

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