Living life with leukemia

10:56 PM, Sep 29, 2010   |    comments
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He likes to run, jog, swim and perform. Addison is an actor. In fact, he has quite a lengthy resume of performances in stage plays around the metro area.

Addison also has leukemia. He was diagnosed last spring and will undergo treatment until 2013, but hopefully it will cure him. It will be a long and difficult experience, but his mom says this is a cure that families didn't have less than 50 years ago.

"What did the doctor tell me? 'Your son has leukemia,' and we came here," Addison's mom said. "Now he's going to do great, and there's a cure, and there never used to be a cure. And that's pretty incredible."

Addison hopes to get back to acting soon, with hopes to play Tiny Tim this holiday season.

Leukemia is a blood cancer. According to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, every four minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer. It's estimated 137,260 people in the United States will be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma in 2010.

Every 10 minutes, someone dies from a blood cancer. Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children and young adults under the age of 20.

On Sept. 30, a two mile walk will be held at Washington Park to support the survivors, families and friends of those touched by blood cancer.

Denver Light the Night Walk is at Washington Park beginning at 5:30 p.m. To learn more www.lightthenight.org/rm/.

You can learn more about Addison's story by going to his public Facebook group.

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