City, State: Medford, OR
Club: Logos Public Charter School Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 10/26/2017
On a beautiful Spring day in March of 2015, Chaz and his family were hunting for mushrooms and enjoying the outdoors together. Normally full of energy, Chaz didn’t seem to be himself. His parents noticed that he looked pale and was acting very lethargic. Chaz was taken to the ER later than night and underwent an exam, including blood tests.
Doctors were alarmed by the test results and the next morning, Chaz was flown to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. It was there that Chaz was diagnosed with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). From this point, Doernbecher and Portland became a regular part of Chaz’s life. His first stay at Doernbecher lasted four weeks. During this first stint, Chaz received chemotherapy every day and there was much talk about the probability of a bone marrow transplant. However, on the final day of receiving chemotherapy, Chaz’s bone marrow showed clear enough to avoid the transplant.
In all, Chaz endured nearly four months of chemotherapy, losing all of his hair and feeling very sick for much of this time. Surgery was done to install a port in Chaz’s chest to make it easier to receive his chemotherapy treatments.
Revealing the courageous warrior he is, Chaz powered through this very difficult time and is now in the maintenance phase of his treatment, with approximately one year to go (late 2018). Chaz receives chemotherapy once a month, is on steroids every week (to help with the side effects of chemo), and takes specific medication on a daily basis.
These days, 5-year-old Chaz seems to be returning to his energetic self as he continues his fight with cancer. Chaz loves Power Rangers, can tell you about all kinds of dinosaurs, and really enjoys building and playing with Legos. He is the big brother to two little brothers, Zain and Hunter. Chaz still has a long road ahead of him, but he has shown that he has the strength and support to continue fighting, while inspiring others in the process.
Chaz will be adopted as a Sparrow to Logos Public Charter School in Medford. Students at Logos will work hard to raise money for Chaz and his family through sponsored community service and fundraising projects.