Childhood Cancer Heroes

You are here

Michael Rostker

Click the images to see them larger above!

Learn more about

Get the facts about Lymphoma and how our research projects are making a difference.

Learn More »

Michael is a very kind and caring 11 year old. He likes Legos, playing Minecraft and watching his big brother’s YouTube videos. 
This past spring, the Rostker’s family doctor heard a murmur in Michael’s heart. A pediatric cardiologist found fluid around his heart and sent Michael and his family straight to the PICU at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. It was the day after Michael’s 11th birthday. A chest x-ray and CAT scan showed a tumor near his heart. After numerous tests, including a double bone marrow biopsy, a biopsy of the tumor, a spinal tap and draining 10oz. of fluid from around the heart, he was diagnosed with Diffused large B-cell lymphoma.
Michael has undergone 6 rounds of inpatient chemotherapy so far.  He will have a PET scan at the end of September for a status update and to restage the cancer.  Hopefully the treatment will kick the cancer out of his body and he can resume a normal childhood free of worry and pain.
Michael loves to help others and hopes to hold a lemonade stand to raise money for cancer research, in the hope that a cure will be found sooner rather than later.
Quote: “Cancer sucks and affects the whole family. Together we are stronger.”
Information provided by Ellen Rostker, Michael’s mother
August 2014

Next Hero

Donate in Honor of Michael Today!

Your donation helps to fund critically-needed research to find better treatments and cures for children with cancer.

Childhood Cancer Heroes

More Heroes

Kensley Tobiason
Kensley is a little girl who truly shines. But it was a dark day when doctors discovered she had a rare form of leukemia: CML. Now, she is taking chemo every day, monitoring her white blood cell count and having bone marrow tests every three months.
Maddie was a happy little toddler able to light up any room. She was diagnosed with atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor (AT/RT), but that didn't keep her from dancing and smiling. Unfortunately, Maddie passed away, but her story is not over.