DHK - Finn Carlson, 1, retinoblastoma (an eye/retina cancer), Natick, with his parents Shannon and Tim and twin brother Mack 8-16-17

WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon
Wednesday, August 16th

Finn and Mack were born prematurely in August 2016, and while having regular eye exams in the NICU, doctors discovered he had retinoblastoma, a cancer of the eye that begins in the retina. Finn began chemotherapy in October 2016 and is still in treatment. While originally from Western Mass, Finn’s family moved to Natick to be closer to Boston and his treatment team. Shannon recalls meeting Finn’s treatment team, and someone said “we’re going to be with you forever – we expect an invite to graduation and the wedding!” and she felt instantly supported, at ease and at home. Finn's family includes his mom Shannon, dad Tim, and twin brother, Mack.


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