Martin Walsh's Childhood Marked by Cancer Fight

October 19, 2013

Boston Children's building

Martin J. Walsh’s Dorchester neighborhood – filled with Irish immigrants, police officers, firefighters, and construction workers – nurtured and protected him as he battled Burkitt's lymphoma as a young boy, The Boston Sunday Globe reports. Four years of treatment at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's forced Walsh to miss most of second and third grade and to repeat the fifth. Slowly, Walsh’s health began to improve. He started gaining weight, and even playing sports. Doctors say that Burkitt’s lymphoma, while aggressive, often responds well to chemotherapy, and Walsh’s did. Four decades later, Walsh seeks to be the next mayor of Boston.

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