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    Charlie's Story – Thriving after Leukemia and Relapse

    the Rider FamilyThe Rider family 

    When Charlie Rider began receiving care for acute lymphoblastic leukemia at Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center [now Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center] at age 4, his mother, Caroline, sent email updates to her large family and circle of friends. After a brief remission, Charlie's cancer came back, and he returned for more treatment, including a stem cell transplant. Caroline's reflections grew into a touching chronicle of four years in the life of a child with cancer. Today, Charlie is a healthy 8-year-old reunited with his parents and older brothers, Harry and Max.

    This four-part series includes excerpts from Caroline Rider's email updates, video reflections by family members, and interviews with clinicians at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.

    Part 1: Diagnosis and Treatment for Leukemia

    Charlie playingCharlie is diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and undergoes two years of treatment at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's.
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    Part 2: Relapse and Stem Cell Transplant

    Charlie Rider in bed-thumbCharlie’s cancer returns and he undergoes a stem cell transplant at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's.
    Read story and watch videos 


    Part 3: Recovering from Stem Cell Transplant

    Charlie and his brothersCharlie returns home but remains in isolation for a full year as he recovers from a stem cell transplant.
    Read story and watch videos 


    Part 4: Looking Back

    Charlie at home_thumbCharlie’s cancer has remained in remission for the two years since coming home from his stem cell transplant. The Rider family reflects on Charlie’s cancer journey, and the impact it has had on each of their lives.
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