At the age of 13, in March of 2011, Harrison was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stage II Form B. He had an appointment to see his pediatrician one day because the lymph nodes in the side of his neck were rapidly swelling. It turned out to be a tumor and, 2 days later, he was at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans receiving chemotherapy treatment.
Harrison decided that he wanted to knock an item off of his bucket list for his wish, so, he wished to go surfing with his family in Hawaii! He had never been surfing before and felt that, under normal circumstances, he would most likely not be able to have that experience. He also felt that it would be right for his family to go with him as his cancer journey was also their journey; if someone in the family has cancer, then the whole family has cancer. Harrison loved learning how to surf with his family, and he had an amazing time biking down Mt. Haleakala with his dad. He and his family continue to share inside jokes from their hike by the waterfalls in Maui. Harrison and his family have great memories that will last a lifetime from his wish.
Today, Harrison is exceptionally well. He has not developed any long-term side effects. Harrison just finished his first year of college at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and is now spending his summer in London taking two classes at the London School of Economics with some of his fraternity brothers. Earning a scholarship to Vanderbilt University and being the Valedictorian of Jesuit High School in 2015 are two accomplishments he is most proud of thus far in life. Next, he would like to graduate from Vanderbilt University in four years and gain employment in the Business field. He would like to eventually go back to school for an MBA. Harrison's long-term goal is to raise a family and have an exciting career in New Orleans.
“I am incredibly blessed young man, and I would like to give back to make this world a little better place along the way.”