Shawn was treated for leukemia by the Cancer Center at CHOP. He was selected as a Childhood Cancer Awareness Month spokesperson and an ambassador for the Cancer Center's largest annual fundraiser, the Four Seasons Parkway Run & Walk, because cancer hasn't stopped him from scoring goals on soccer field.
Shawn, 5, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Interviewer: I heard that you like trains. Is that true? Yeah? What's so cool about trains?
Shawn: Um, they can take you somewhere.
Shawn’s Father: My son Shawn was diagnosed with leukemia on his fifth birthday. I can't express how wonderful it is coming here to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Interviewer: Do you like to play any sports?
Interviewer: Why do you like baseball?
Shawn: I like to hit the ball.
Shawn’s Father: It's awesome to see him listening, paying attention, just to watch him play baseball and soccer. And he's actually getting his strength back. It's very exciting, and I can't—like, three weeks ago, he was playing soccer, and he scored a goal.
Shawn’s Father: It's like, the whole neighborhood was there. Everyone knows about Shawn, and everyone cheering for him was very, very exciting. And for me, that's what I live for now.
Shawn: Run for me.
Shawn’s Father: Run for my son.
Shawn: Run for all of us.
Topics Covered: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
Related Centers and Programs: Leukemia and Lymphoma Program, Cancer Center