Rea “SupeRea” Paterson, was diagnosed with Stage IV High Risk Neuroblastoma on April 22, 2014, at 2 years old. She was a seemingly healthy child until she started limping. Scans and biopsies confirmed she had a tennis ball sized tumor on her left adrenal gland. The cancer had metastasized to her left knee, causing a fracture and limp. Rea is a tough and brave warrior, with a spunky personality. She danced and smiled through 15 months of intense treatment, consisting of 6 rounds of chemotherapy, countless surgical procedures, an autologous stem cell transplant, radiation, and 6 cycles of immunotherapy.
On August 6, 2014, Rea underwent surgical resection of her left adrenal gland and primary tumor. On September 19, 2014, Rea’s scans and bone marrow biopsy showed no evidence of disease (NED). Her knee had healed and the limp was gone. On September 26, 2014, the Oncology team at her hospital restaged her as a Complete Response to treatment, or in Complete Remission (CR). Rea is scanned quarterly, and has monthly labs and checkups. She is currently enrolled in a clinical trial to receive the promising drug, DFMO. She will take this medication for 2 years, with the high hopes of maintaining remission.
Rea is now a healthy 4 year old. She and her family continue to move forward in faith and love. God bless “SupeRea” and all children battling cancer.