Please meet our RoseFest Hero, Dalton Hanna.
He is 17 years old from Kearney, MO. Dalton was your ordinary healthy, happy, smart and active boy. He was an avid basketball player and his passion for the game was unmatched. In July of 2014, Dalton, at a mere 13 years of age and in 7th grade, was diagnosed with Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor (DSRCT). It is an aggressive Sarcoma cancer that attacks soft tissues within the body. There is no specific treatment for DSRCT, so they follow the treatment plan for Ewing Sarcoma patients. Before the family knew it, he had lost his hair, eyebrows, eyelashes and his fingernails were starting to fall off as well. The hospital had become a revolving door as their second home. Dalton sought medical care at MD Anderson in Texas where they performed resection surgery, administered heated chemotherapy, and went through 30 rounds of Whole Abdominal Radiation. After three months in Houston, and their family separated, they were able to come home and continue maintenance chemotherapy in KC. The doctors were unable to remove all his tumors, so later that year, they flew back to Texas for a 2nd massive resection surgery. Dalton continued maintenance chemo at home for the next several months and in February of 2016, Dalton was declared No Evidence of Disease. Even after achieving N.E.D status, he continued maintenance chemotherapy, and for 6 whole months Dalton had clear scans, until August of 2016, when they were given news that he had relapsed, but this time in his lungs and liver. He immediately started another chemo regimen, one that his cancer hadn’t seen. It managed to keep the disease fairly stable, but his family and team knew that it was only a matter of time until the drugs would fail him.
Dalton qualified for an immunotherapy trial at Sloan Kettering in NYC, that was targeted for Neuroblastoma patients, but first, he would go through yet another surgery to remove the tumor in his liver and one in his pelvis. After the surgery, they sent him home to recover and continue on maintenance chemotherapy. Dalton was the only patient outside of neuroblastoma patients that came close enough to try the treatment and in June 2017, for the 3rd time, they went out to NYC for this extremely painful trial. Before returning home, Dalton would go through another scan, and as they are sitting on the runway, his parents once again received a devastating phone call that there was progression and Dalton could no longer continue on the trial. They were back to square one and were given options that would only keep the disease stable and not kill it.
On March 25th, 2019, Dalton gained his wings, surrounded by his family. We will continue to fight because of him, and we will continue to make a difference in their lives to the best of our abilities. Your attendance at the 4th Annual RoseFest will directly impact His family, and five other families in our area. Please continue to pray for peace, comfort, and understanding for the Hanna family, and be sure to come out, enjoy your family and some pretty amazing tunes, all while knowing you are making a difference. Per aspera ad astra, sweet boy.