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Hat’s Off to Corey Z., Cutest Kid in America

19 Mar

Hey, so take a look at a serious contender for Most Adorable Kid in America and read his story, which we found on a website called Alex’s Lemonade Stand: Fighting Cancer One Cup at a Time…Awesome that he can flash that radiant smile and exude such radically cute charisma, after being through what he’s been through – but there you have it.  Definitely makes you want to complain less…check this story out:
 
When Corey was 1-year-old, he was diagnosed with stage 1 Wilms' tumor, a pediatric kidney cancer. A 2 pound tumor was removed, along with his right kidney and some lymph nodes.
 
Unfortunately, just 3 months after finishing chemotherapy treatments, Corey's cancer relapsed to his lungs and lower spine area. He was paralyzed for a few weeks until the new chemotherapy and radiation treatments started working. After finishing an intensive 24 week protocol that kept Corey in the hospital most of the time, Corey enjoyed 10 months of being cancer-free and relearned how to walk.

During follow-up scans in December of 2007, a small tumor was found in Corey's left lung. Since this was his second recurrence, there was no protocol to follow.  After considering many opinions from different doctors, Corey was treated at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.
 
Under Dr. Marcio Malogolowkin's (a Wilms' Tumor Specialist) care, Corey received Topotecan for 4 months and immediately it worked.  Corey also had to have lung surgery to remove the dead tumor.
 
Once recovered from surgery, Corey was hospitalized to undergo high dose chemotherapy with a rescue of his own stem cells.  This is another breakthrough therapy seen to work and could only have been available to Corey through research efforts.  Corey spent 34 days in the hospital, but the process has put Corey in remission.

After a long and trying battle, Corey has been cancer-free since May 2008. He has 6 month check ups and is a regular first grader who enjoys running around with his friends.   We never could imagine a day when he would be playing baseball or soccer or going to school.  We are so thankful for every little milestone he conquers in his life.

Written by Debra Zdrazil, Corey’s Mom
September 2011

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award