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Moving beyond childhood cancer

First Aired: June 14, 2015

Co-host Dave Richmond and guest Nathan Clendenin

Co-host Dave Richmond and guest Nathan Clendenin

Entering his sophomore year of high school, 16-year-old Nathan Clendenin learned he had a rare form of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma. He went through two surgeries, grueling chemotherapy and still managed to stay in school and graduate on time. Now, 20 years later, Nathan shares his story of the impact of cancer on his life and faith. A happily married father of two active boys, Nathan is thriving as a multimedia designer and photographer in Durham and an elder with Grace Community Church.

Did you know?
– About 3% of childhood cancers are rabdomyosarcoma (RMS), and there are about 350 new cases each year, most frequently in the soft tissue of the head and neck area.
– There are no known risk factors associated with RMS.
– Potential long-term side effects of RMS.

Additional Resources:
– Coping with neutropenia, low levels of white blood cells that help the body fight infections
– Info on sarcomas from the American Childhood Cancer Organization
– Children’s Oncology Group Family Handbook
Latest research about rhabdomyosarcoma
– Advances in research and treatment of RMS

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