Alec’s Story

On December 13, 2011, Alec was transported by helicopter from Hocking Valley Community Hospital to Nationwide Children’s Hospital after collapsing at school. There at Nationwide Children’s, he was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma. Alec had brain cancer.

The staff at Nationwide Children’s met Alec and his family with understanding, expertise and treatment options that began their journey. 10-year-old Alec underwent several surgeries, including pressure release on his brain tumor resection from his brain stem as well as stem cell harvesting and port insertion.

Instead of spending his time living a carefree life enjoying school and playing with friends like other kids his age, Alec was enduring intensive chemotherapy that required him to spend many inpatient days and nights at the hospital.

“Nationwide Children’s Hospital took what is an unimaginable situation and made it bearable for our family.  They took the time and made the effort to make our family feel like we were their top priority during every step of the process from diagnosis, through treatment, and now in survivorship,” says Alec’s mom, Megan.

The Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) team treat patients with the rarest cancers and blood disorders, with specialists who are sought to collaborate and participate in treatments across the country and around the world. The Nationwide Children’s department of Oncology is ranked in the top 10 by US News and World Report.

Today, Alec is part of Nationwide Children’s survivorship program and advocates on behalf of children’s cancer awareness and research. He continues to receive annual scans and follow-ups as part of the survivorship program.

“Nationwide Children’s continues to fight for pediatric cancer research and funding and even this last year had a representative at the annual Washington D.C. CureFest event that we attend. They became a part of our family on December 13, 2011, and we will never forget their kindness and care,” says Megan.

Alec is a normal, thriving teenager who is crazy about LEGOs, nerf guns and video games – but he’s also a compassionate kid with a huge heart.

“Nationwide Children’s is a beacon of hope for both parents and kids alike. I was so lucky to be in their care and thank them for saving so many lives, including mine.” Says Alec.

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On December 13, 2011, Alec was transported by helicopter from Hocking Valley Community Hospital to Nationwide Children’s Hospital after collapsing at school. There at Nationwide Children’s, he was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma. Alec had brain cancer.

The staff at Nationwide Children’s met Alec and his family with understanding, expertise and treatment options that began their journey. 10-year-old Alec underwent several surgeries, including pressure release on his brain tumor resection from his brain stem as well as stem cell harvesting and port insertion.

Instead of spending his time living a carefree life enjoying school and playing with friends like other kids his age, Alec was enduring intensive chemotherapy that required him to spend many inpatient days and nights at the hospital.

“Nationwide Children’s Hospital took what is an unimaginable situation and made it bearable for our family.  They took the time and made the effort to make our family feel like we were their top priority during every step of the process from diagnosis, through treatment, and now in survivorship,” says Alec’s mom, Megan.

The Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) team treat patients with the rarest cancers and blood disorders, with specialists who are sought to collaborate and participate in treatments across the country and around the world. The Nationwide Children’s department of Oncology is ranked in the top 10 by US News and World Report.

Today, Alec is part of Nationwide Children’s survivorship program and advocates on behalf of children’s cancer awareness and research. He continues to receive annual scans and follow-ups as part of the survivorship program.

“Nationwide Children’s continues to fight for pediatric cancer research and funding and even this last year had a representative at the annual Washington D.C. CureFest event that we attend. They became a part of our family on December 13, 2011, and we will never forget their kindness and care,” says Megan.

Alec is a normal, thriving teenager who is crazy about LEGOs, nerf guns and video games – but he’s also a compassionate kid with a huge heart.

“Nationwide Children’s is a beacon of hope for both parents and kids alike. I was so lucky to be in their care and thank them for saving so many lives, including mine.” Says Alec.

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