Condition: EVB driven Diffure Large B cell Lymphoma
City, State: La Pine, OR
Club: La Pine Middle School Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 2/14/2013
Collin's Story:Collin is your average middle school kid. He enjoys hanging out with his buddies and playing football. He loves to spend time outside and enjoys camping and fishing and riding motorcycles.
In the middle of November 2012, Collin’s life changed. It began with him getting tired all the time, not wanting to get up and do things like he usually did. Then came the fevers that persisted and never went away. Collin’s mom, Susan, decided it was time to take him to see the doctor. He was diagnosed with Mono and send home with some medication that was supposed to help. The fevers were supposed to subside but, they never did.
Collin returned to the doctor a few days later for further examination. This time, the doctor found a lump on the right side of his neck. Within an hour, his mother received the news that Collin needed to go to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland right away.
When the family arrived in Portland that night, tests started immediately as doctors worked to find out what was going on. A CAT scan found a large mass in Collin’s chest working its way into the abdominal area. Over the course of the next several days, Collin spent his time undergoing numerous tests, including a bone marrow biopsy and a biopsy of the mass in his neck. He was diagnosed with EVB driven Diffuse large B Cell Lymphoma with features of Hodgkins disease. It is a rare form of adult cancer that is never found in children.
Collin began treatment right away. The family spent twelve days in Portland and returned home on Christmas Eve. On December 26th, Collin began having fevers again and was admitted to St. Charles for another four days. Collin is home now receiving medication by IV several times a day. He will return to Portland twice a month for five days to receive his chemo. His treatment is expected to last at least 8 months.
Despite the rarity of this cancer, doctors say Collin has an 85% chance of beating this cancer. In the meantime, he is spending his time with his mom, his two sisters, Alisha and Kendra and his favorite dog.
Sparrow Cash for this project has been provided by Club Sponsor, SunWest Builders. Students at LaPine Middle School will “earn” these funds by completing a minimum of 256 hours of community service. Sparrow Cash raised for Collin will be used for ongoing medical expenses, travel expenses and everyday living expenses.