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Jillian Williams is standing proudly with her shoulders back and arms crossed

Athletic teen’s remarkable journey through Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer treatment

Categories: Cancer

When cancer attacks adolescents and young adults (AYA), the challenges it presents are different than for children or adults. The National Cancer Institute defines this “AYA” cohort as between the ages of 15 and 39. Physically and hormonally, many in this age group are still developing. Psychologically and socially, they may be figuring things out or already starting a career or other life plans At age 19, Jillian Williams was no longer a child when she was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare pediatric bone cancer. But she was only in her second semester of college, living away from home …Read More >

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An EMT team poses with a young boy in front of a statue

Marking the end of treatment in a big way

Categories: Cancer  /  Children's Health  /  News

Chemotherapy is an ordeal for anyone — especially a kid. Damon Billeck knows that for a fact. The 12-year-old developed a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer about a year ago that eventually cost him his arm. But Damon was determined not just to live life as a normal kid, but to be an advocate for all kids going through the same ordeal. Knowing that the end of a long course of treatment is a moment worth celebrating, Damon wanted to make it a real celebration for kids at University Hospital. He approached the San Antonio Fire Department and …Read More >

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