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Conner Cruse's story of Neuroblastoma

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Published on May 3, 2012

Connor is six years old. He loves all Super Heroes, Bob the Builder, riding his bike and dueling with toy swords and light sabers. His ... all » favorite color is green. His favorite foods are pizza, shrimp and s'mores.

Connor is such a good boy! His proud parents are Tait and Joy Cruse. Connor is little brother to Mackenzie, age 9, and big brother to Carson, 5 and Mason, 1.

On May 15 2005, after periodically complaining of a mild tummy ache for two weeks, Joy took Connor to the hospital. She was worried Connor might have appendicitis, since she did as a young girl. After a day of tests, Joy and Tait were stunned to learn Connor was very sick. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a form of pediatric cancer.

Neuroblastoma is one of the most common solid tumors of early childhood usually found in babies or young children. The disease originates in the adrenal medulla or other sites of nervous tissue. The most common site is the abdomen (near the adrenal gland). Most patients, including Connor, have widespread disease at diagnosis.

Connor is currently undergoing treatment at Children's Medical Center in Dallas. His treatment protocol means he stays at the hospital for several days, then goes home for several days.

To donate to help cure children's cancer go to:

www.active.com/donate/teamconnor

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