Condition: high risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
City, State: Medford, OR
Club: McLoughlin Middle School Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 12/14/2018
Jared's Story:Jared was about to end his 5th grade year, and like many other students, he had plans for a fun and care-free summer. He had been mentioning some back pain that spring, but it was most likely due to growing pains. By mid-May, the pain had intensified. He was taken to the doctors and there was discussion that it could be appendicitis, but blood tests and X-ray’s came back with no alarming results. Jared and his mom were sent home.
About a week later, Jared was spiking a fever and still complaining of intense back pain. This time his vital signs were concerning, and it looked as though he was suffering from a dangerous virus. He was sent by emergency flight to Portland to be treated with heavy antibiotics.
While in Portland, a bone marrow biopsy was taken, and sent off for testing. June 18, 2018 Jared and his family were dropped with a bomb. They were told that he had a form of cancer called, high risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). They hardly had time to let the devastating news sink in before Jared was placed on a chemotherapy plan. Because Jared is considered very high risk, he is required to receive double the chemotherapy amount than that of standard ALL.
For the next 6 weeks Jared lived at Doernbecher, and the Ronald McDonald House in Portland. He received many medical treatments including:
- Port surgery
- Lumbar punctures
- Intense chemotherapy/chemotherapy pills
He thankfully began remission after one month of induction ended. Jared will be receiving treatment locally during 2018-19, but will still need to travel to Portland for diagnostics and any complications. He has quite a journey ahead of him, and the goal is to keep his cancer in remission so that he may start the five-year count down that will declare him cancer-free.
This diagnosis has been hard on him because he loves school, and loves interacting with his friends, teachers, and family. Jared is full of life and remains playful and silly, despite this major hardship. He jokingly says his favorite thing is “brinner,” breakfast for dinner, that is.
Jared will be adopted as a Sparrow to McLoughlin Middle School. Students at MAC will work hard to raise money for Jared through sponsored community service and fundraising projects.