My name is Cade Watson and I am 10 years old. For almost a year, I had bad headaches, nausea, vision problems and struggled with my school work. My mom knew something was wrong, but the doctors didn't find anything. On August 21, 2010, my mom took me to the ER and my blood pressure was so high the doctor ordered a CAT Scan. I was diagnosed with a brain tumor located on the front right side of my brain. Ten days later, I traveled to Charlottesville, VA where Dr. John Jane, Jr. and his awesome team at UVa removed my brain tumor. I had a fast recovery from my surgery and was able to go home on September 3rd.
On September 8th my doctors from UVa called us with the news that my tumor was a very aggressive type of cancer called ATRT - Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor. They also told us that there was a lot of hope for a cure because of my age and overall health. They referred me to St. Jude's in Memphis, TN.
On Monday, September 19th, I checked into St. Jude's hospital. I had to have a second brain surgery, followed by 31 radiation treatments over six weeks, four months of chemotherapy and four bone marrow transplants, all in ten months. My treatments were so intense that I didn't eat for four and a half months. The doctors said I may never be able to walk or talk again.
On May 13th, I got to go home with no signs of cancer!! I can talk, walk, and am feeling great. I'm even planning to ride my bike on July 28th for C-TREC. I hope you will come out to join me!