In 2014, Geoffrey experienced high fevers, no appetite, no energy, and continual weight loss. With low blood counts and a high fever, Geoffrey was diagnosed with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a life-threatening disease of the blood and immune system, from which he fully recovered. At a routine follow-up, it was then found that he had myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a type of cancer with no cure except for a bone marrow transplant.
After rounds of chemotherapy to bridge to the bone marrow transplant, he was admitted to hospital for 5 weeks in isolation at SickKids while he received this complex treatment. Through it all, his spirits never wavered.
Now in Grade 10 and attending high school full-time, Geoffrey is a caring and joyful person, wise beyond his years. He understands the importance of talking about his illness to benefit other patients as well as raise awareness. Geoffrey wouldn’t change a thing because his cancer journey ‘made me the person that I am today’.