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BY Andrew Joseph Pegoda, Ph.D.

I first became an MD Anderson patient more than 28 years ago, at age 4. But, I’ve never had cancer.

I was born with a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis. Like cancer, it has no cure. Unlike cancer, remission is not possible, as it is an inherited disease. But just knowing that MD Anderson does such great work beyond cancer is important. Its doctors, nurses and other medical professionals have saved my life repeatedly.

Neurofibromatosis survivor Andrew Joseph Pegoda, Ph.D.