Checking in with Claire: From Cheerleader to Fearless Athlete
Catch up with Claire, who came to the Proton Therapy Center at MassGeneral Hospital for Children for treatment at age 20 months, and is now thriving in 8th grade!
What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Claire Powers and I am from CT.
How old were you when you came to the Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center for treatment?
I was 20 months old.
What was your most memorable moment of treatment?
I don't remember much, but my mom told me that when I was in treatment and the Colts were in the playoffs, I wore cowgirl boots and a Colts cheerleading outfit and I walked around the whole floor.
What are you doing now?
Now I am in the 8th grade and participating in sports such as cross country, basketball, and crew. I also go to sleepaway camp every summer and hang out with my friends a lot.
What accomplishment are you proudest of?
My illness taught me that I could honestly do anything so I would have to say my biggest accomplishment is that I'm fearless.
What do you think would be helpful for future proton therapy patients (especially children/young people) to know? Any advice for them?
I know it's really hard but keep a positive attitude and always try and find the silver lining in things. Also this isn't necessarily advice, but if you have a chance, try the jello in the cafeteria. IT'S REALLY GOOD!!