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Cancer Warrior Welcomed Home by Superheroes

By Timothy Perry

May 4, 2016 - 9:50 PM


6 Year Old Brian Ford

UTICA - Superheroes, Ninja Turtles, Minions, and other famous characters lined the streets of Utica Wednesday evening to greet six year old leukemia patient Brian Ford.

Ford is Battling a rare for of Leukemia called Acute Undifferentiated Leukemia with AML characteristics. He was first diagnosed in November 2014, but after several chemotherapy treatments, the cancer went into remission. However, doctors confirmed that the cancer had returned in December 2015.

According to family members, Brian has undergone, in total, 7 rounds of chemotherapy, 6 rounds of full body radiation, 12 rounds of radiation to the left side of his face and brain, two stem cell bone marrow transplants, and numerous blood transfusions.

Yesterday, a Facebook post on a support page for Brian, set up by a family member, announced that Brian would be leaving the hospital,

"Around 9 weeks ago they gave us the news that we would lose Brian and he would gain his wings. They told us 6 to 8 weeks max. I am pleased to say, 9 weeks later, he is ringing in that bell and going home".

The bell ringing ceremony marks the end of cancer treatment.

After a several week hospital stay at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Brian Participated in his second bell ringing ceremony before leaving the hospital around 6 PM the evening.

As the van carrying Ford and his family members arrived in Utica, it was greeted by a police escort provided by the Utica Police Department, and costumed characters provided by Special Events By, a company based out of Newark that provides costumed entertainers at events.

Ford, wearing a mask and dressed as Captain America, and his family members, wearing orange shirts in his honor, emerged from the vehicle, giving hugs to the characters.

A Facebook post expressed the thankful feelings of Ford's family that Brian would be coming home: "We still have a long journey but we have a lot to thankful for".





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1) Re: Cancer Warrior Welcomed Home by Superheroes
Written by teecatness on May 05, 2016, 09:37:33 AM
Okay. So THAT made me cry.

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