Sully’s Story

Just hours after receiving an initial diagnosis of mumps, three and a half-year-old Sullivan “Sully” Brooks and his parents found themselves speeding to the emergency room after blood tests revealed something much worse. The final diagnosis: acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Sully’s “normal” childhood was suddenly gone. Now, Nationwide Children’s is helping to bring it back.

As a national clearinghouse for storing and studying millions of childhood cancer cells, Nationwide Children’s provided Sully with a customized treatment regimen based on his cancer type. The therapy – which occurs over three and a half years – includes a combination of oral chemotherapy, IV chemotherapy, chemotherapy shots, chemotherapy into the spinal fluid and radiation.

Sully has responded well to initial treatment, and today his leukemia is in remission. He loves to read out loud to anyone who will listen – including reciting books while going to the bathroom, and a never ending dialogue that may include tattling on himself, or his baby sister. Sully has endured two years of chemotherapy and will finish up his treatment in September 2017.

Sully loves Star Wars, playing outside, riding his bike and wants to be an astronaut when he grows up. Sully and his Dad share a deep love for the game of golf, and Sully is so excited to be a patient champion for this year’s Memorial Tournament.

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Just hours after receiving an initial diagnosis of mumps, three and a half-year-old Sullivan “Sully” Brooks and his parents found themselves speeding to the emergency room after blood tests revealed something much worse. The final diagnosis: acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Sully’s “normal” childhood was suddenly gone. Now, Nationwide Children’s is helping to bring it back.

As a national clearinghouse for storing and studying millions of childhood cancer cells, Nationwide Children’s provided Sully with a customized treatment regimen based on his cancer type. The therapy – which occurs over three and a half years – includes a combination of oral chemotherapy, IV chemotherapy, chemotherapy shots, chemotherapy into the spinal fluid and radiation.

Sully has responded well to initial treatment, and today his leukemia is in remission. He loves to read out loud to anyone who will listen – including reciting books while going to the bathroom, and a never ending dialogue that may include tattling on himself, or his baby sister. Sully has endured two years of chemotherapy and will finish up his treatment in September 2017.

Sully loves Star Wars, playing outside, riding his bike and wants to be an astronaut when he grows up. Sully and his Dad share a deep love for the game of golf, and Sully is so excited to be a patient champion for this year’s Memorial Tournament.

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