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A Long Journey for a Child with Rare Pediatric Cancer

Twelve-year-old Sebastian Gonzalez and his family traveled from Costa Rica to North Carolina for one reason: so Sebastian’s rare pediatric cancer could be treated by Andrea Hayes-Jordan, MD. Dr. Hayes-Jordan, surgeon in chief at North Carolina Children’s Hospital, is one of the few physicians in the world to specialize in the treatment of desmoplastic small round cell tumor. Children with this condition, like Sebastian, have dozens or hundreds of small tumors growing in their abdomens, requiring surgery.

Watch the Gonzalez family’s story, learn more about the pioneering procedure developed by Dr. Hayes-Jordan and hear the family talk about their home away from home, the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill.


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