Petey's treatment for ALL
Petey's first round of chemotherapy lasted eight months, and he struggled with the side effects of the intense medications. He was being schooled at home and making regular trips to the hospital.
"He was homebound and unable to play with his friends or siblings. It really affected his mood," Ms. Miceli said. "That's about the time he discovered cooking."
Petey may not have been able to leave the house, but he could make it to the kitchen.
"Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and I remember watching my parents cook in the morning," Petey said. "One day, I asked my dad to teach me how to crack an egg. Of course, I made a big mess, but I was hooked."
Petey began watching cooking shows instead of cartoons and devoting several hours a day to learning how to cook.
"It was like therapy for him to walk down to the kitchen and make something," Ms. Miceli said. "He was losing weight fast with all the chemotherapy, so it was important to keep him interested in food and eating. Cooking helped with that."
Petey spent the next several years in and out of the hospital. His treatment changed over time, but he could always turn to his love of cooking to help him through. Doctors declared Petey cancer-free in March 2017, six years after his diagnosis.
"We've grown to love our extended family at Cohen Children's," Ms. Miceli said. "They were so helpful throughout this hard time in our lives, and I don't think we would have made it without their love and care for Petey."