Three-Time Hudson Valley Cancer Survivor Honored
A Hudson Valley teen who has survived cancer three times was recently honored.
The St. Baldrick's Foundation named Zach Swart of Saugerties a St. Baldrick's Foundation 2018 Ambassador.
Zach is one of five St. Baldrick’s Foundation 2018 Ambassadors, representing the thousands of kids impacted by cancer each year.
According to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, in 2007 at the age of 6, Zach was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He beat cancer after over three years of treatment. In 2012, at age 11, his cancer returned. He powered through over two more years of cancer treatment and was once again cancer-free.
However, in Nov. of 2016, his cancer returned.
“I can do this again as long as you are with me,” Zach bravely told his family after his third cancer diagnosis, according to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
This time, Zach received CAR T cell therapy, a new treatment from a St. Baldrick’s-funded researcher, where Zach’s own immune cells were engineered to attack cancer. This allowed him to receive a bone marrow transplant from his older brother Ben, reports the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
“Zach has always fought the best way he knows how. He just keeps on pushing forward and does not complain,” Zach’s mom Nancy said.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a charity that works to find cures for childhood cancer.
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