Diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma at age 15
During his sophomore year of high school, persistent swelling of nodes in George Bember’s neck pointed doctors to a diagnosis of Burkitt’s Lymphoma. Malignancy had made its way to George’s kidneys, abdomen and bone marrow. Facing Stage IV cancer head-on with his family, George reached remission after only six months of chemotherapy. He first attended The Children’s Grand Adventure in 2008, at age 18. In the four years following, George returned – not as a guest, but as a chaperone – leading team-building activities, toting gear for weary first-time hikers, pointing out black bears in the early-dawn distance. In his words, “The Grand Adventure is an unforgettable experience. I would love to bring my friends and family along, so they could see the things I’ve seen.” Inspired by his encounters at The Children’s Grand Adventure and the care he received at Texas Children’s, George is today pursuing graduate work and a career in physical therapy.