Vinny Robins BHB
Colon cancer affects 1 in 23 people every year, but what is more shocking is that childhood colon cancer is even more rare and on the rise. Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston states that childhood colon cancer will affect 1 in 100,000 children per year… they treat about 1 child per year.
On February 25, 2019 my 15 year old son Vinny became that “ONE” in 100,000 child. He was admitted to TCH with a complete bowel obstruction with a 6 cm tumor in his colon. I am an APRN Certified Nurse-Midwife and to hear the words “ADENOCARCINOMA….Vinny has colon cancer” were the most shocking words I have ever heard. Fortunately for Vinny his colon cancer was caught quickly and early. On March 1st we received his official diagnosis- High Risk Stage 3 Colon Cancer. He received aggressive treatment with surgery and chemotherapy which was successful but costly.
Vinny is a miracle and now 6 months later he is back in school and we are adjusting to this “new normal.” He will have very careful monitoring with oncology, CTs and MRIs every 3 months. Unfortunately, many children do not have the advantage of early diagnosis and treatment. This is why it is imperative that we all make this journey together.
The Colorectal Cancer Alliance is hosting its annual Blue Hope Bash in Washington, DC this November. Every year, the Blue Hope Bash raises money to end colorectal cancer and provide families with national support programs as they navigate a diagnosis. Last year, the Bash raised nearly 1.74 million dollars.
Vinny and I have been selected as 2 of 12 AmBASHadors to attend the Blue Hope Bash in Washington, D.C. in November. AmBASHadors act as a bridge between communities and the Alliance’s mission of ending colorectal cancer. The Colorectal Cancer Alliance has set their annual goal to raise $2 million for research, prevention, and support for those affected by colorectal cancer. Our family has set a personal goal to raise $15,000… $1000 for every year Vinny has been blessed with his precious life. We were very blessed with the miracle of early diagnosis and treatment. Now it is time for us to give back. We want to take a grand donation with us to D.C. But more important we want to spread the word to parents, physicians, NPs, PAs and other healthcare providers to be aware and alert. No matter how young, please don’t miss the early signs of colon and rectal cancer in children.
Journey with us and please donate… let’s join together and end colorectal cancer in our lifetime.