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Zion Riddick

  • Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor (AT/RT)

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Zion is a fun-loving little boy who can’t take his eyes off the TV when PJ Masks or Boss Baby come on. He eats only the finest cuisine such as cereal, oatmeal, chicken nuggets or apple sauce and washes it all down with his favorite sweet tea.

At just 2 years old, Zion slowly began experiencing some concerning symptoms. One at a time, he grew tired, lost his appetite, started vomiting, felt disoriented and his language became disrupted. That’s when Zion’s parents heard the worst news of their lives, their son had stage IV AT/RT, and a huge tumor was found in his brain.

He desperately needed brain surgery to remove part of the tumor. He then underwent chemotherapy and proton therapy. Zion’s family felt like they had been chosen to fight this cancer together, and although it was tough, God helped them through it.

Today, Zion has completed all of his treatments, and he and his family only travel once a month to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters for his appointments. They are grateful to be unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic and feel for families whose troubles continue through this uncertain time. They are thankful for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and other organizations that provided them aid during Zion’s cancer experience.

His family is ecstatic to celebrate Zion’s victory over cancer every day. His parents look forward to seeing their son’s health continue to improve and to watch him grow into an intelligent young man.

Information provided by Markeya Riddick, Zion’s mom
Updated June 2020

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