BY Amanda Hack

When my son, Sawyer, was just two years old, we started to notice that he had swelling on the left side of his face. I saw what looked like an abscessed tooth and thought it was just his 2-year molars coming in. After trips to the pediatric dentist and oral surgeon led to a biopsy, we learned he had embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma. This meant that there was a tumor on Sawyer’s left jawbone.

Sawyer’s pediatrician recommended we go directly...

Embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma survivor Sawyer Hack, pictured in a face mask

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Fort Worth resident Susan Pratt was playing tennis in June 1995, when she realized she couldn't feel the left side of her gum line.

BY Ryan Stephens

It all started with just a tiny lump on his wrist.

In the summer of 2014, Kobee Cohen, then 8 years old, noticed a tiny growth on the...

BY Will Fitzgerald

When 6-year-old Allie Alvarado came to MD Anderson's Proton Therapy Center, she was nervous and didn't know what to expect. Her fear, however, didn't last long.

Allie was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer of the soft tissue, in her ear following a month-long battery of tests. Allie's mother, Cassandre, first suspected a problem when her daughter's smile seemed lopsided. The culprit was a tumor pushing against the cranial...

Allie Alvarado and Kelly Wagner

BY Kim Gourley

It was Labor Day 2010, and my husband Eric and I took our three kids, Gannon, 4, Jordyn, 3, and Cohen, 1, for an outing in the park. We arrived...