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Giant Eagle spotlight: Future civil engineer won battle against cancer

AJ Khoury

AJ Khoury

Five years ago, Andrew (AJ) Khoury, 18, was diagnosed with cancer, but this fall, he plans on attending the University of Akron and will major in civil engineering.

To show his appreciation to Akron Children’s Hospital, AJ will be participating in a campaign at Giant Eagle stores. The proceeds will benefit Akron Children’s Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders.

In May 2008, AJ was diagnosed with hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph tissue.

Fortunately, all of AJ’s treatments have been outpatient procedures, with the longest one lasting 12 hours.

“He’s never been admitted,” said Anne Hilty, his mother. “Everything has been outpatient.”

Anne said he really did “remarkable” with everything.

“He was diagnosed in May, and by August he had completed his treatments,” said Anne.

Anne and AJ both said that having a hospital so close to home with personalized care is wonderful.

“Everyone knows who you are,” said AJ. “I have even seen doctors outside of the hospital, and they recognize me.”

AJ, normally a quiet person, is able to relax when he’s around his doctors.

“I didn’t really know why Dr. Hord wanted AJ to participate because he is so quiet,” said Anne. “Then I remembered he is more talkative when he’s upstairs in the unit, with his doctors.”

Giant Eagle stores in Stark, Summit, Medina and Portage counties are collecting donations on behalf of Akron Children’s Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders from May 30 – June 26.

Make sure to tell your cashier you would like to donate $1 to help patients like AJ.