DHK - Sarah Podradchik, 13, germinoma Melrose, with Courtney Shea, RN, Jimmy Fund Clinic, Dana-Farber 8-15-17

Sarah was diagnosed with a germinoma brain tumor in 2016. After months of migraines and tests, she was diagnosed with the extremely rare disease. Her treatment has included chemotherapy and proton radiation. She just finished up her active treatment in May. She is starting to get her energy back and her spirits are high. After being out of school for a year, Sarah is entering 8th grade in the fall at Melrose Middle School. She enjoys dancing, skiing, and softball in her spare time. She has a younger sister, Abby, 10.

Courtney has been at Dana-Farber for 2 years. She has worked in pediatric oncology for 19 years. She has been Sarah's infusion nurse during her chemotherapy treatments. She says Sarah is doing great and should return to school in September. She says Sarah is a spunky girl with a great attitude and her family is a joy to work with.



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