Some of the world’s top athletes gathered at Zuma Beach on Sunday to take the plunge into the Pacific for the annual Malibu Triathlon to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Pediatric Cancer Research Program.
Malakai Carey, a 14-year-old cancer survivor, started the event by singing the national anthem before the contestants lined up at the starting line.
Carey was only 11 years old when he was diagnosed with liver cancer.
“For a year or two, before I found out, I had a lump in my stomach and it was bulging. But several doctors, not from the CHLA, thought it was just adipose tissue, ”Carey shared with the KTLA. “So when I got an ultrasound, finally after a while, it proved it. And when I went to CHLA, they felt it right away and they said it was a tumor. ”
Dr. James Stein, who was one of Carey’s doctors who helped with his treatment, reunited with his patient just before he got ready for the competition.
“I’ve been to the CHLA for about 25 years, so for me it’s an annual event that I love. And I love supporting the organization myself, ”Stein told KTLA. “It’s one of the unique things about pediatrics. We meet children when they are young and see them grow up and live a fulfilling life. ”
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles was founded in 1901 and is one of the largest providers of child care in LA County. The hospital’s clinical teams treat patients aged from newborn infants to young adults.
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