A classmate of my seven (where does time go?) year old daughter Sydney's was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago. Normal kid – skiing – then they noticed a rash and poof – their life was transformed. (His video is below) It's a powerful reminder of how fragile life can be. A reminder how we can easily take for granted the luck Sam and I have in walking around healthy and with healthy children. It shouldn't go without saying: not everyone is so lucky. Nixon has an aggressive and difficult to treat form of leukemia. He is in his second phase of treatment and keeps high spirits despite not feeling great from the chemo. I am proud of Nixon and his family – fighting, advocating. I am proud to be a part of a medical community which has been waging this battle against cancer for so long. If my parents were diagnosed with Nixon's cancer as children, they would be dead. If I were, my odds would be 50/50. Nixon has a much better chance and it is because of the research that has been done and is ongoing.
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Here is a link to a little video done last year on NESN about Nixon: