Celia Cosentino, a 10-year-old 5th grader at West Reading Elementary Center, was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor on August 16, 2018. After a summer of doctor visits about concerns over a lack of appetite, headaches, vomiting, and weight loss, she was treated with gastrointestinal issues but was getting no relief. On August 15th, she was taken to the ER at Hershey Medical Center, where they ran more tests, but could come up with no definitive answers. She was about to be sent home, but I asked one more time to have something done about her headaches, and the doctor ordered a last-minute CT scan. It was discovered that Celia had a large mass in her brain. She was immediately admitted to the PICU and subsequent scans and tests were completed. A few days later, they performed surgery and were able to remove about 40% of the tumor. Pathology showed that the tumor is a CNS Ganglioneuroblastoma- a rare brain tumor, even rarer with the location, and even more rare still with her age. Celia is on a very rough chemotherapy regiment which involves 3-5 rounds of 21-day cycles, followed by surgery, followed by stem cell replacement, followed by radiation. On December 3, 2019, Celia went to the doctors for a scan to see how this treatment had worked for her and her tumor has been declared stable! This is a long road, but we have no doubt that Celia will triumph.
Penn State Berks Benefitting THON will continue in our fight against pediatric cancer of all forms and hope that you will all join us in this effort. We dance today to fight pediatric cancer in the hopes of one day dancing for joy to win this battle by wiping out pediatric cancer!
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