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Growing Up After Cancer: A Boy Is Afraid Of Getting Sick

Mark Birnbaum
KERA News Special Contributor
Jude Cobler of Plano was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Surviving childhood cancer comes with costs. Survivors are at a higher risk for developing secondary cancers later in life. The treatments they receive as kids can affect their growth, their ability to have children, and even their learning. Then there’s the lingering fear of remission.

Jude Cobler, who was diagnosed with leukemia, faces his own fears. He’s afraid of getting sick.

Jude, a Plano kid, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Each year, about 2,500 kids are diagnosed with this type of leukemia.


When Jude's chemotherapy didn’t work, his odds of survival dropped drastically. His family searched for a bone marrow transplant match – they found one in his brother, Joshua.



Jude is the subject of a KERA Breakthroughs series called Growing Up After Cancer.


For the past few weeks, we've taken you through Jude's journey -- from his cancer diagnosis and to his recovery. The final installment airs Wednesday on KERA 90.1 FM. 


Read the final story here.


Also, meet North Texans who have survived childhood cancer.


Lauren Silverman was the Health, Science & Technology reporter/blogger at KERA News. She was also the primary backup host for KERA’s Think and the statewide newsmagazine  Texas Standard. In 2016, Lauren was recognized as Texas Health Journalist of the Year by the Texas Medical Association. She was part of the Peabody Award-winning team that covered Ebola for NPR in 2014. She also hosted "Surviving Ebola," a special that won Best Long Documentary honors from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI). And she's won a number of regional awards, including an honorable mention for Edward R. Murrow award (for her project “The Broken Hip”), as well as the Texas Veterans Commission’s Excellence in Media Awards in the radio category.