In the summer of 2008 Cliff was diagnosed with Leukemia. Doctors at MUSC Children’s Hospital found his white cell count (infection fighting cells) to be over 500,000, 50 times the normal amount. Cliff was immediately admitted to the pediatric ICU where they began to cleanse his blood through a filtration device to lower his white count. After a long day and sleepless night, the doctors were able to get his white cell count to below 70,000 (still 7 times normal) and began chemotherapy to lower his white counts and begin to kill the cancer. Since his first chemo treatment in September of 2008, Cliff has continued to receive his treatments at MUSC. While his prognosis is good, Cliff will continue treatment for a number of years to beat out Leukemia.