Join us in wishing Camden Martinez a very Happy 2nd Birthday!
Camden Martinez’s mother, Diana, describes him as a typical little boy. However, his life has been anything but typical. Camden was born with gastroschisis, a serious intestinal birth defect. Born at just 34 weeks gestation, he spent the first month of his life recovering in the NICU at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), while his mother stayed at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.
Less than a year later—one week after Camden’s first birthday—doctors found a tumor in his stomach, he was sent back to CHOP where he was diagnosed with high-risk, stage four neuroblastoma. Over the last year, little Camden has endured five rounds of chemotherapy, twenty-three rounds of radiation, and two bone marrow transplants. His family has spent over 85 nights at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House and often utilize the Ronald McDonald Family Room at CHOP to regroup.
Diana shares, “Because of the House, Camden’s older brother and younger sister are able to stay with us. They are close siblings so it was therapeutic to have them with us. Camden loves pet therapy and playing with the other kids. I love being able to meet families—I’ve even met three other families whose children had the same diagnosis which brings me comfort and helps me know what to expect. The House helps us feel more at home, especially over the holidays with all of the decorations, activities and amazing meals. The House gives you a breath of air when you forget that you even need one.”
The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, the first Ronald McDonald House in the world, helps keeps families, like Emmitt’s, close.
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