Her Son Was Diagnosed With A Rare Blood Cancer At 7
When Samantha Sanfilippo first noticed a small lump on her son Noah’s collarbone, she didn’t think much of it. A visit to the GP confirmed the same, suggesting it was likely just a lymph node.
However, as time passed, the lump continued to grow, and Samantha’s mother insisted she return to the doctor. Still not overly concerned, Samantha recalls saying, “What’s it going to be? Cancer?!”
Tragically, it was indeed cancer. A week before Noah’s 7th birthday, he received a diagnosis of a rare blood cancer called Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. Samantha says her first question to the oncologist was, “Is he going to die?” The oncologist’s response was, “Not today, but if we don’t start treatment tonight, he will.”