A Boy’s Life Interrupted

“You have helped save my son’s life, and brought our family from the deepest valley to a very high peak in our long journey.
– Vince Misiti

Misiti Family

Domenic Misiti (back row center) with his family and UH benefactor Kathy Coleman (second from left)

Domenic Misiti was 14 years old and in the eighth grade when he began to experience chest pain. His family practice physician suspected Domenic was suffering from symptoms of asthma or pneumonia, but a chest X-ray and subsequent CT scan delivered terrifying results: a large mass in Domenic’s chest.

After traveling with his mom, Marianne, and his dad, Vince, to UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital for further tests, physicians from the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute confirmed Domenic had T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma typically seen in children. Fortunately, the cancer had not metastasized.

Domenic immediately began a rigorous regimen of chemotherapy to remove the cancer from his body. On September 5, 2013, following 286 days of treatment, Domenic took his last dose of oral chemotherapy. He is now cancer-free.

In the weeks that preceded the end of Domenic’s treatment, his father, Vince, a longtime employee of Lubrizol Corporation and former colleague of Les Coleman, took the opportunity to pen a thank you note to UH benefactor Kathy Coleman acknowledging her extraordinary support of the clinical trials program at UH.

“The doctors at UH, particularly Domenic’s attending physician, Connie Piccone, MD, have been phenomenal in their treatment of our son,” Vince wrote. “Using protocols that were developed and are continually being refined thanks to the clinical trials you support, they have saved my son’s life. I am humbled by knowing the suffering you and Les endured has played a part in helping people like us. Thank you.

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