A Journey No Child Should Take

It is difficult to put into words just how special a gift it is to finally have two healthy children after a two-year-long battle with pediatric cancer.

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Adam and Joshua Frontera.
Photo credit: Ashley Brown Photography, AshleyBrownPhotography.com

When my then-4-year-old son, Adam, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma two years ago I knew the diagnosis would have a vast impact on my personal life. What I did not immediately realize was how deeply his diagnosis would impact my professional life in the High Energy Physics Lab here at GE Global Research.

Every day for over 10 years I have worked to invent medical imaging technology that can improve patient outcomes. It wasn’t until my son’s diagnosis, however, that I came to realize just what it is like to be a patient – or the parent of a patient – whose health depends on that technology. Seeing scans of my son’s cancer brought into focus the reasons why the work we do at GE Global Research is so important.

The advanced imaging technology invented by GE gave the doctors treating my son’s cancer a clear advantage over the disease.

Now that my son is done with treatments, my wife and I have started a fund that supports the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s research for finding a cure for Neuroblastoma, which has a devastatingly high rate of relapse.

The video below was produced with hopes of furthering that effort by sharing our story. I hope you’ll take some time to watch the video and consider supporting Dana Farber’s efforts. Adam, and many other children are depending on Dana Farber and technology developed by GE for a fighting chance against this disease – your donation can have an impact.

 

Mark Frontera with his wife, Tara, and their sons, Adam and Joshua. Photo credit: Ashley Brown Photography, AshleyBrownPhotography.com
Mark Frontera with his wife, Tara, and their sons, Adam and Joshua.
Photo credit: Ashley Brown Photography, AshleyBrownPhotography.com

 

Adam Frontera recently completed treatments for Neuroblastoma. Photo credit: Ashley Brown Photography, AshleyBrownPhotography.com
Adam Frontera recently completed treatments for Neuroblastoma.
Photo credit: Ashley Brown Photography, AshleyBrownPhotography.com

 

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Mark Frontera, manager in the High Energy Physics Lab, stands next to a photo of one of the first portable x-ray machine invented by GE in 1920.

 


20 Comments

  1. Zachary

    hi I am ur sons friend by son i mean josh

  2. Shari Greenwell

    Thank you for sharing your story. Adam is an amazing kid and I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to learn about his bravery and amazing positive spirit!!!

  3. Murray Arnold

    As a retiree of GE healthcare who sold CT for 20 years and who championed “low dose imaging” once again I am forever proud to have been part of thid great GE team. Thank you for sharing your families story.

  4. Barbara Gant

    Totally awesome!

  5. Ben Rassam

    Mark – That was a great story, thank you for sharing it. Wishing you and your family many healthy decades ahead.

  6. Stephen Swanson

    Beautiful story. Thank you for your transparency and for sharing the struggles and joys of your family’s journey. You’re doing a great work.

  7. Juan Sabate

    The successful completion of the treatment for your son are the best news I have read this year. My best wishes for you and your family and a quick recovery for Adam. As a parent, I admire how you and your family have gone through this situation.
    Thanks a lot for sharing. It definitely reinforces the motivation of working in healthcare applications, and shows the value for GE to be committed to this field.

  8. Dave Mika

    Mark, Thanks for sharing. That experience is something that would be terrifying for any parent. May God bless you, Adam and the rest of your family.

  9. Mahadevan Balasubramaniam

    Mark, Never realized that you had “so much happening” behind your ever smiling face. Thanks for sharing and God bless you and your family

  10. Jacky

    It is so heartwarming to hear how GE can help save lives. What a touching story – thank you for sharing this and God bless you and your family.

  11. Yuexi Xiong

    Mark,
    It is a touching story! I think I know you better now than the time when we worked together a few years back when I was in GRC Niskayuna. You are a great father. I wish Adam will speed up his recovery and your family are full of joy more than before.
    -Yuexi

  12. Berdj Rassam

    Well said, health is so important.

  13. Beth

    Mark, Adam and your whole family will be in our prayers that you have seen the worst of this terrifying disease, and for a future that is healthy and full of promise for you all. Thank you for your courage and effort in creating this, to inspire us all with your experience and insight.

  14. Niranjana Giriyapura

    Inspiring, God bless Adam!

  15. Sanket Sarkar

    Mark, thank you for sharing your story. One day this disease will be completely conquered, and I am sure that will happen in Adam’s lifetime. I wish Adam a very long healthy and happy life.

  16. Alex Kagan

    Mark, as a parent of 3 children, I can’t even imagine, what you went through, maintaining hope and optimism. My best wishes to you and your family in a new year.

  17. James

    Mark, you are a role model and a great parent. Congratulations and I wish Adam speed recovery.

  18. Waseem Faidi

    very inspiring. Congratulations!

  19. Aparna Kamath

    Adam is such a handsome boy and positivity exudes from his picture. He is lucky to have parents who can use their personal experience to better other future experiences. Truly inspirational! Kudos!!!

  20. Hongqiang Chen

    As a father of two kids, Mark you are my hero!