On Valentine’s Day 1996, 19-year-old Trisha Henry Gaffney was diagnosed with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive tumor of the muscle. Trisha’s was the first reported case to occur in the right ureter, the tube connecting the kidney and bladder.
After going through surgery, Trisha received chemotherapy and radiation at Children's.
Her treatment ended in April 1997, and as a young adult, she was ready to put her attention on her future.
In May 1998, Trisha decided to volunteer as a Camp Sunshine counselor, helping children navigate the physical and emotional hurdles of battling cancer.
A fellow counselor, Kati Gardner, encouraged Trisha to visit the new Survivor Clinic at Children’s, but the idea of going to even more doctors didn’t sit well with her.