In August of 2007, Natalie became sick while vacationing at the shore with her family. She was taken to her pediatrician who referred her to Penn State Hershey Medical Center. After several tests and blood samples, on September 12, 2007, Natalie was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, also known as A.L.L. Although they caught this very early, she was still considered high risk because of her abnormal blood counts. She had several complications throughout her illness including a MediPort infection, pneumonia, and extreme weight loss. However, she stayed strong throughout her chemotherapy until May of 2008 where she then entered "Maintenance" treatment (light duty chemo) at the age of 2. While in this stage, she did well but did have to stay in the hospital due to a strep infection. Natalie is currently in remission! Natalie is now 8 years old and attending 3rd grade at Conrad Weiser East Elementary. Natalie has been cancer free since December 19, 2010 and has been progressing very well with her checkups at Hershey Medical Center. Natalie loves playing with her THON friends and playing with her Princess Dolls. Natalie had a taste of cheerleading joining the Penn State squad on stage for the 2012 Pep Rally at THON and has realized her dream of being a cheerleader and currently cheers with the Conrad Weiser Scouts Youth Team. The Biancone Family is very active with Penn State Berks benefitting THON! FTK!
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