20-month-old beating cancer and parents have a message

November 07, 2017 06:51 PM

A 20-month-old girl from Johnstown will be completing her final round of chemotherapy at Albany Med this weekend.  Now that her baby is on her way to beating the disease, Niki Olmstead hopes her daughter's story can help bring more awareness to childhood cancers.

Giada Olmstead has a germ cell tumor. Her mother says there are only 700 cases of it each year worldwide. And although that disease is very rare, her mother found out how many other kids are fighting other kinds of cancers while they spent time at Albany Medical Center.

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In June, doctors found a tumor the size of an avocado inside Giada's little body. They initially thought it was going to kill her.

"In the beginning it was extremely painful, some nights we were up all night," said Niki Olmstead.

The family started treatment and started praying immediately. Giada's outlook eventually improved, and as it did Niki noticed all the other kids at the hospital with cancer.  Giada noticed them too.

"When we are in the hospital, she checks on the other babies, to make sure that they're OK and if they're sad she gives them a hug," said Niki.

Through the six rounds of five-day long chemo treatments Giada has been a force of positivity. And although no child should have to go through cancer, Niki says maybe that's why Giada's here.

"From the day she was born, there was always something different about her, and so I guess we decided that this is her journey and so she was given this journey, we think, to show people that she can win," said Niki.

Giada should be done with treatment by Thanksgiving. Then her mother hopes they can be a driving force for more research into cures for childhood cancer.



Asa Stackel

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