Chapel Hill’s Phineas Sandi, was selected as one of the five national ambassadors for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for 2016.
The 7-year-old’s battle with childhood cancer inspired his family to raise awareness of the disease and advances being made in cancer research. As one of five St. Baldrick’s Foundation 2016 Ambassadors, Phineas is a face and voice for kids fighting cancer and for his fellow childhood cancer survivors.
After four months of intense chemotherapy, Phineas had no standard treatment options left. This led to an introduction to Dr. Daniel Lee, a St. Baldrick’s Foundation Scholar at the National Cancer Institute.
Dr. Lee enrolled Phineas in a clinical trial testing a new approach using targeted immunotherapy. Within a month, Phineas was free of leukemia. He later had a bone marrow transplant to increase his chance of remaining in remission, and two years later, he is still cancer free.