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Johns Hopkins Children’s Center 2019 Champion to announce NFL draft pick written in Braille

As seen in the news, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center patient Mo Gaba has been selected to announce the Baltimore Ravens no. 4 draft pick in the NFL draft, the first time it’s been announced in braille.

In Mo’s short life, he has battled cancer three times. In 2006, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center specialists diagnosed Mo with bilateral retinoblastoma, a malignant tumor of the retina. He was in remission for 4 years, but a “bump on his neck” was found to be a malignant tumor for which he received aggressive chemo, radiation, and a bone marrow transplant.

Mo remained in remission for the second time until the Spring of 2017 when a pain in his leg wouldn’t go away. His mom brought Mo back to Hopkins where scans revealed the cancer had again returned, this time in his right leg and both lungs. Mo underwent aggressive treatment again as well as received a knee replacement to remove the tumor from his bone.

Just before Christmas, Mo began to have seizures as a result of the chemo and was placed in a medically induced coma to allow his body to rest for a week. In mid-February 2018, Mo underwent two surgeries to remove the tumors from his lungs. The surgeries were a huge success and thankfully, Mo is now cancer-free!

Mo himself is a remarkable young man who never stopped smiling even though he was dealt some hard cards! His amazing personality never wavered, and I think he is the absolute perfect ambassador for Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and CMN Hospitals.