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Cora - Childhood Cancer

Cora - Childhood Cancer

Meet Cora, a 14-year-old who fought Hodgkin's Lymphoma and finished proton therapy earlier this year. Learn all about Cora as she answers our questions!

Tell us why you needed proton therapy and what you will remember most about your treatments.

The reason I needed proton therapy was because my tumors, even after chemo, did not shrink significantly enough. So my oncology team decided I needed radiation which led to a decision between proton or photon therapy. As a family we decided to do proton therapy. I am very thankful to have had proton therapy because the risk of cancer in my body was decreased immensely and my heart was safe during treatment.

One of the most memorable things from the SCCA Proton Therapy Center was the enormous machines. When I first saw the one I was going to be treated in, I was in shock. It felt as if I was in a spaceship.

Tell us something surprising about you!       

Well something most people would find surprising is that I am actually glad I got to go through the journey of cancer. It sucked a lot, but I got to join a whole new community of amazing people. I got to make new friends and my entire perspective on the world has changed because of it. 

Another thing most people don't know about me is that pretzels are my all time favorite snack. Soft pretzels, pretzel bread or just regular pretzel chips, they are all just so yummy.

What are your hobbies? Did proton therapy interfere? What’s the most fun you’ve had recently?

I like to read, watch movies, snack, play board games and much more. Going to therapy did take a chunk of time out my day, but I was still able to continue everything I wanted to do. Last Thursday there was a Festival of Giving for Crossroads Springs Africa. My friend and I are the reps for community service in our class. It was super fun and I ate lots of snacks and played games with all my friends.

Cora and her friend play video games at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Is there anything you’d like to say to your treatment team?

Well, my treatment team was absolutely amazing. Everyday they greeted me warmly and were so encouraging. I have to admit that most days I was quite grumpy, and they still were kind. So I just appreciate them all so much.

Whom do you look up to and why?

Someone I look up to is my mom. She is so incredible. She is strong, caring, compassionate, thankful and kind. She manages to do everything, everyday, all at the same time and extremely well. And I look up to her and strive to be at least somewhat of an amazing mom as she is.