Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – Nathan Mwenda

Nathan Mwenda
Diagnosed at age: 8
Currently: a high school junior, age 17
Lives in: Richmond, VA

What was your diagnosis?
Craniopharyngioma (brain tumor)
What treatments or surgeries did you have?
I had surgery to get a shunt and radiation treatment at VCU Medical Center.
What organizations are you involved with?
I am involved with Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation as well as Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine and Camp Mak-A- Dream in Gold Creek, Montana.
Who were the first survivors/thrivers you met?
The first cancer survivors that I met were those from Camp Sunshine. I found out about Camp Sunshine and Camp Mak-A-Dream through Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation.

What is your personal theme song?

My personal theme song is “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers
How are you fighting back against tumors?
I’m fighting back against cancer by advocating for myself, others, and staying positive.
Any advice for people at the beginning of their battle against tumors?
My advice is to be strong and hang in there. Don’t let the bad things people say about what you’re going through bring you down. Cherish your family and friends.
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