TRAVIS REESE - AprilMy name is Travis, I was born on April 1, 2003, and was diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia with a Mediastinal Mass on Halloween 2018 at 10:38 am, when I was 15-years old. I had been sick for about 8 days with vague complaints and my Mother, a Critical Care Nurse, knew something wasn’t right. In the ER, we never expected to hear the words, “You have cancer”.
I was admitted that very day in critical condition, received transfusions of blood, platelets and plasma, and underwent a PICC placement & Induction chemotherapy within hours. I remember the word Leukopheresis being mentioned. I was hospitalized for over a month, and I am proud to say I achieved “Clinical” Remission in 28 days determined from a Bone Marrow Biopsy. In December, I had a port placed for long term chemotherapy treatments. My treatment plan will continue until March 11, 2022.
I live with my Mother, my younger sister Laurel, and older brother Thomas. They are my world & my support system, having been with me through everything, including each & every lumbar puncture, every chemotherapy dose and even a Grand Mal Seizure requiring a round of CPR in my home while awaiting the arrival of EMS.
I was a Sophomore when I was diagnosed, am enrolled at the Perkiomen School, and have yet to return to school. However, I completed my sophomore year and several AP and Honor Classes from afar, maintaining High Honors through it all. I was Co-Captain of my Soccer team, am an avid Mandarin Chinese student, love video games, mini golf and enjoyed spending time with my brother who is in college in Philadelphia.
I intend on graduating with my peers on time in May of 2021, and refuse to let my struggles hold me back from my ambition. I look forward to the day I will graduate Medical School and give back to the community that has given me everything!