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Jess Maddox

Jess Maddox

Shannon Maddox of Swansea remembers the evening her son, Jess, got up from the dinner table and said his tummy hurt. When she lifted his shirt, she knew that something was very wrong. Just shy of his third birthday, Jess was diagnosed with a Wilms' tumor on his left kidney. Tests revealed that the tumor extended all the way up to his heart.

Jess was referred to the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Palmetto Health Children's Hospital, where pediatric oncologists Dr. Ron Neuberg and Dr. Kevin McRedmond consulted with national and international Wilms' tumor experts to determine the best course of treatment for Jess.

Today, Jess has no evidence of measurable disease and leads a completely normal life. He takes no medications and has come out of the experience without any anxiety or emotional problems. "I don't think he could have gotten better treatment and care anywhere in the world. I feel like Jess' doctors made the best possible decisions for his treatment," says Shannon Maddox.