Nathaniel (Nate) Hudson

Nathaniel (Nate) Hudson

March 22, 2007

  • Hometown: Milton, Ontario
  • Year of Diagnosis: 2009
  • Diagnosis: Stage IV high-risk neuroblastoma

Some facts about my treatment:  When I was first diagnosed, I had six rounds of intensive chemotherapy, surgery to remove the tumour (they had to remove my kidney too because of the tumour), mega-dose chemotherapy with stem cell transplant where I was 40 days in hospital, radiation, and five rounds of immunotherapy that was very painful. Unfortunately, when I was almost finished treatment, I relapsed in my brain. I had to have emergency surgery to remove the tumour, many rounds of radiation to my brain and spine, and more chemotherapy. I did most of my treatment at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and then I had to go to New York City in the USA where they had a special treatment for my type of relapse. I had six rounds of immunotherapy and lots more chemotherapy. I was in treatment for a long time — almost five years. I reached my 5 year remission in 2016! I have to deal with a number of long-term effects from my treatment which are really challenging.

My favourite day was: When I rode in the cab of the 4449 Southern Pacific Daylight steam train in Portland, Oregon.  The crew made me an honourary engineer and I was able to meet Doyle McCormack, the engineer of the train.  The 4449 is my favourite train in the entire world.

If I had three wishes they would be…

  1. People would not have cancer and go through treatment.
  2. That I could go around the world and help people who are not feeling well.
  3. That people could be kind to each other and make good decisions.

I’m involved with Coast to Coast because.. I had cancer and I know what it is like to go through treatment. I have been with the riders and I have seen how strong they are and how fast they ride. I am amazed at how much money they have raised for childhood cancer research by traveling across the country.

If you could have one superpower strength, what would it be?  To cure people of cancer!

My message to other kids undergoing treatment; Don’t give up hope, be brave and tell yourself that you can get through it!

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This is Josh Nelson – a childhood cancer survivor. He knows about facing all the challenges of childhood cancer:

“I know first-hand how it feels to be a prisoner in the hospital and endure the surgeries and the endless needles and treatments. I know how it feels to lose my hair, throw up regularly and watch other kids around me earn their wings. I lost a part of my childhood that I will never get back. I know how it feels to look different and to be different. That’s something that I wouldn’t wish for any other kid to go through, and that is why I do what I do.”

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