Condition: Stage IV Neuroblastoma
City, State: Grants Pass, OR
Club: Grants Pass High School Sparrow Club Service Hours: 820
Date Adopted: 10/19/2012
Isaac is a charming and fun-loving five-year-old boy who has been fighting for his life since the day he was born. Isaac came into this world three weeks early and spent his first five days in the ICU due to an infection in his lungs from meconium aspiration. At two-and-a-half months, Isaac spent 14 days in the pediatric unit due to pneumonia.
Then, at three-and-a-half months old, little Isaac was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma, after x-rays showed a large mass in his chest. Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that forms in nerve tissue, and tests showed that Isaac had these cancer cells in his bone marrow, kidneys, liver, and several other places throughout his body. Further tests revealed the mass in his chest to be a tumor located between his lungs and spinal cord.
Isaac started chemotherapy treatment, but after the first round, the tumor swelled and caused paralysis from the chest down, along with other serious complications. After eight rounds of chemotherapy, scans revealed that the tumor had grown but it was also discovered that the tumor had formed into a non-cancerous mass called a ganglioneuroma. In the summer of 2011, Isaac underwent surgery to remove this tumor. Since birth, Isaac has had a total of 10 rounds of chemotherapy and eight surgeries. Future surgeries may be needed.
Isaac travels to Portland every three months for scans to check for any signs of the cancer returning., and for urology and spinal issues.For now, life for Isaac and his family is very much a waiting game, but you would never know this due to Isaac’s happy demeanor and positive attitude. Although still paralyzed (in addition to having scoliosis), Isaac doesn’t let this keep him from playing and enjoying sports or from being active outdoors. Isaac also loves WWE wrestling and pro skater Tony Hawk.
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