Tommie—who has since been dubbed “Tommie Tough” for her remarkable resilience—began her cancer journey at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Following several months of treatment there, her family sought out a second opinion that ultimately landed them at Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) in New York City. It’s one of the New York Proton Center’s three partner hospitals and one of the few medical centers in the country with a dedicated neuroblastoma practice.
Tommie, now a six-year-old first grader, candidly and somewhat despairingly recounts her chemotherapy sessions at MSK:
“It hurt,” Tommie says. “During the middle of it, the IV in my leg would start burning and my leg would cramp up. It was really painful.”
According her mother, Bevin, it was the medical staff at MSK that recommended Tommie seek treatment at the New York Proton Center. The reason:
“They told us you guys at New York Proton Center were the best.”