‘At first, the check ups and evaluations seemed really annoying because how are you going to judge a baby who is six months?’ Ms. Spampinato said. ‘But then I kind of had a realization about the importance of early intervention because not to compare cancer to Down syndrome, but my mom is a three-time cancer survivor and had pancreatic cancer which most people don’t survive but she did because it was caught so early. So now I realize that by doing the check ups, we are getting to any problems before they do turn into a big deal. We can do all the work now so when she goes to preschool, she’ll be on the same level as all the other kids her age.’