2 Years Old at Diagnosis
On Christmas Eve, 2010, with no prior warning or symptoms, Graem Hobbs was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Graem’s family tried to keep the magic of Christmas alive, even though they were stuck in a hospital room. They brought in an artificial Christmas tree and even paid a visit to Santa. This became the focus of the next three years and two months – keeping the magic of childhood alive – through needles, hospital stays, and days of feeling really sick.
Graem fought cancer like a champ. He faced his treatments with a huge dinosaur roar and even a little song. There were bumps along the journey, but, with the help of doctors and nurses, he overcame each one.
In early March, at age five, Graem finished treatment. Because he had been receiving chemotherapy since he was only two years old, Graem could not possibly know what it meant to be “off treatment”. His only concern was being able to have a snack before bed time. During treatment, his medication schedule usually prevented a bedtime snack. Now Graem is a happy five year old who loves science, reading, playing baseball, swimming, and playing with his sister.
Graem’s parents, Jason and Candin, know how fortunate they have been throughout Graem’s treatment, and to be ones who get to celebrate No More Chemo day. They know that Graem’s fight is not over, as the chemotherapy that Graem has been taking for three years is hard on a little body and has lasting effects for years to come. “Just because Graem is finished with treatment, doesn’t mean we are going to stop fighting for a cure,” says Candin. “We have so many friends who are still going through treatment. We have to keep on fighting for them.” Candin and her family will do just that at this year’s Tulsa CureSearch Walk, where Candin is the event co-chair, along with fellow cancer mother, Betty Morgan.
Graem can’t wait to accept his CureSearch Champion medal, and for the first time, say that he is a survivor!