As a 7-year-old, Alexandra underwent two grueling cycles of chemotherapy and the amputation of her right leg above the knee to treat osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Now an 19-year-old sophomore at Johns Hopkins University, she skis black diamonds, volunteers at Memorial Sloan Kettering’s adult recreation center, and plans to become an oncologist.
After a birthday party, three-year-old Victoria had such a terrible stomach ache that her pediatrician thought it might be appendicitis. X-rays taken before surgery revealed something far worse: stage IV Wilms’ tumor – a type of kidney cancer – that had ruptured and had already spread to other organs. Her parents flew with Victoria from Phoenix to New York City, where at Memorial Sloan Kettering she received surgery and radiation therapy.