Three Time Childhood Cancer Survivor
At the age of 6 in 2007, Zach Swart confronted acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a formidable adversary that defied initial treatment and recurred twice over the years. After enduring a long stretch of chemotherapy, a recurrence, and subsequent treatments, a moment of hopelessness gave way to a remarkable turn of events. Dr. Kevin Curran of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center introduced Zach to the transformative “CAR-T cell treatment,” propelling him into complete remission in a matter of weeks. He stated, “I was initially afraid about CAR-T’s side effects, but then I didn’t have any at all. I was so lucky, and it feels so good not to be sick anymore and to be home and see my friends. I’m determined to leave cancer far behind me.” His mother aptly describes his journey as a miraculous transformation, witnessing Zach’s joyful and carefree spirit shine once more.