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Sanders Moffit enjoys Make-a-Wish trip

The Lone Tree Reporter of Lone Tree, Iowa

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In late September, Sanders Moffit and his family were able to spend a week at Disney World through Make-a-Wish, who works to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.

The Moffits visited several theme parks including Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and the Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

"His highlight was definitely seeing Mickey Mouse," said Hunter Moffit, "he loves Mickey and that's why we wanted to go to Disney world. He loved meeting all the characters, he would go up and give them high fives and hugs."

"It was just a relief to know that he could finally be a kid. He hasn't been able to be a kid for his whole life. For that week, he could get out and enjoy himself and just be a kid."

"He's always had a smile on his face, even when he was really sick, but that week that we were down there it was bigger than the biggest smile. He seemed so much more happier It was great to finally see him able to be a kid and doing kid things and for us to be a family and spend time together."

The trip came on a break between Sanders' treatments in Philadelphia and his upcoming bone marrow transplant.

With doctors unable to get Sanders' cancer into remission early in the year, the Moffits opted to try an experimental program in Philadelphia to harvest and grow Sanders' T-cells. Sanders remained upbeat and fought through many treatments and chemo, although he often missed his brothers when they weren't able to be in Philadelphia.

Sanders was one of the youngest patients to ever go through the T-Cell therapy trial study as most of the kids under four years old were not able to get the cells to grow properly.

Sanders has one more challenge ahead, as he will enter the hospital on October 30 for chemo and radiation, followed by a bone marrow transplant on November fifth. He will be in the hospital for 6-8 weeks and in a bubble for a year afterwards to protect his immune system.

"The T-cell trial is not many years old, so they really don't know whether kids will relapse, whether they're able to get them back into remission or not," explained Hunter Moffit.

'That was one of our biggest worries, they had so much trouble getting him back into remission this last time, if he did relapse, would we be able to get him back into remission again?"

"That's why we decided to go ahead with the bone marrow transplant, but that's hard for us, because we know we're going to see him so sick again after enjoying life right now, being a kid."

It was September 7th that the Moffits received the great news that Sanders was officially cancer free.

"We were ecstatic," said Hunter Moffit, "you never want to hear that your son relapsed, we were kind of in shock again like we were the first time we heard the words."

"When the doctors finally said that he was in remission again, we were even more ecstatic and thankful for the opportunity to go out to Philadelphia and be a part of this trial study"

"When we heard that it worked, that they were able to get our son into remission, we were just overjoyed."

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Original Publication Date: October 22, 2015

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