It had been 327 days since Colt Wilson’s family heard the words that would forever change their lives — “It’s CANCER!”
On August 25, 2016, shortly after her son’s third birthday, doctors discovered a tumor known as a rhabdomyosarcoma. The tumor then spread into his prostate — very rare for pediatric patients. “That day will forever be engrained in my broken heart, my anxiety ridden mind, my baby boy’s life forever”, Cortni Wilson said.
The fight of their life
Colt endured 43 weeks of chemotherapy and 28 days of proton therapy radiation. Through it all, Colt kept up his vibrant, feisty attitude lighting up the room with his smile and strong personality with every one he met.
Colt’s parents, Cortni and Preston Wilson, are so thankful for the doctors at the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center and Texas Children’s Hospital.
“Colt’s time at the MD Anderson Proton Center was nothing short of amazing. Everyone at the center from the technicians to the nurses to the anesthesiologists became family. There was never a time we both didn’t feel completely at home and at peace with our decision to choose proton radiation instead of surgery. We could never thank the Proton Therapy Center enough for everything they did to make sure our baby received the best care.”
Spreading the word on pediatric cancer
Colt’s story has been one that has been shared in various media outlets, going viral and covered not only by local Houston news, but by the television show, Inside Edition. Colt’s mother wants to do everything she can to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research. “It’s made me want to fight for more and more kids so that one day researchers will know what caused this cancer,” Cortni said.
Colt’s tumor is one of the hardest kind to measure because the bladder moves constantly. The fluid in the bladder makes the tumor look different every single time. On July 17, 2017, Colt was given the CANCER-FREE diagnosis. He is a true warrior as well as his parents and older brother, who have been put through the ultimate test of faith and hope.
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