In the 1970s Mel Greaves visited a London hospital’s childhood cancer wing – and, with that, the professor found his calling to become a researcher in the field. And just 40 years later he made his biggest breakthrough in what we know about acute lymphoblastic leukemia. This is the form of the disease that most commonly affects kids aged 15 and younger.

Parents who have faced such a diagnosis know just how scary it can be discovering that their sons or daughters have leukemia. Without the right treatment, after all, the disease can progress rapidly and quickly turn fatal. And even with the proper care, it’s a nightmare knowing that a little one is suffering from such a serious illness.

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