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Research: Patient Profile

Annual Report - 2006-2007

A World of Options

By Gail Goodwin

Carrington Marzett

Carrington Marzett oozes talent, but she never anticipated her creative side would be showcased through the Children’s Art Project (CAP) at M. D. Anderson. For that matter, she never anticipated any association with cancer. But proof of her artistic talent can be seen in numerous art project cards and gifts.

Carrington was in the 10th grade when her knee began to give her trouble. Her doctor prescribed a knee brace and frequent icing. After 10 days, it wasn’t any better. In fact, the pain would wake her up at night. Concerned, her parents took her to an orthopedist to find out what was going on. A CAT scan, two MRIs and blood work pointed to cancer.

For further evaluation, the Marzett family left their home in Midland, Texas, and headed to Houston the next day for an appointment at M. D. Anderson. Tests showed that Carrington had acute lymphocytic leukemia.

The months ahead were full of tests, examinations and chemotherapy. During treatment, Carrington attended school in the M. D. Anderson classrooms and participated in many CAP-funded activities.

Today, Carrington is back to a more “normal life” of participating in all the activities that make her senior year in high school a special one. Her cancer is in remission and she’s on a maintenance program, visiting her M. D. Anderson doctors every three months.

Carrington continues to show her creative side in music and art, playing the oboe in Midland’s Lee High School marching band and the piano.

She also acts as a spokesperson for CAP and continues to contribute artistic creations. Recently, the Permian Basin Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals recognized her as the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, citing her participation in CAP activities.

At 17, Carrington has a world of choices ahead of her, but she believes she would like to become a doctor. “I’ll be able to relate to my patients and understand their pain, emotions and everything else you go through with cancer,” she says.

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