Follow Nicholas' journey as he battles Neuroblastoma
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...and his fight against Neuroblastoma
"Always keep your head up high, fight like a warrior,
and NEVER allow anything to take that sweet smile away
as your smile is forever our strength as ours is forever yours"
mommy and daddy
Welcome to Nicholas Pedone's Web Page. This web site will keep friends, family and supporters of Nicholas' up to date with his fight against Neuroblastoma. Nicholas was 7 years old when he was diagnosed with Stage III Neuroblastoma on November 2, 2012. He was born and raised in Glen Cove, New York by his loving parents Nick and Josephine Pedone.
Neuroblastoma is a cancer that develops from immature nerve cells found in several areas of the body. Neuroblastoma most commonly arises in and around the adrenal glands, which have similar origins to nerve cells and sit atop the kidneys. However, neuroblastoma can also develop in other areas of the abdomen and in the chest, neck and near the spine, where groups of nerve cells exist. Neuroblastoma most commonly affects children age 5 or younger, though it may rarely occur in older children. There is very little known about why Neuroblastoma occurs, or about what factors increase the risk for occurrence. 7 out of 10 cases are not diagnosed until the disease has spread to other parts of the body. Neuroblastoma accounts for approximately 8-10% of all childhood cancer diagnoses. This very rare childhood cancer has only 600 new cases per year in the United States or equivalent to 1 in every 100,000 children. There is no known cure for relapsed Neuroblastoma.
Nicholas is currently undergoing his chemotherapy treatments at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York under the supervision of Dr. Mark E. Weinblatt MD, Chief of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology.
October 31,2012 Nicholas dresses up as his favorite New York Giants
Player Victor Cruz for Halloween at Winthrop University Hospital
as he just underwent his first surgery.
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