Condition: Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
City, State: LaPine, OR
Club: LaPine Middle School Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 2/02/2015
Mechai is a mastermind inventor when it comes to lego creations. He even has his own Facebook page featuring his talents! It wasn’t until a fever that had Mechai feeling under the weather for a few days, that he and his parents, Laura and Steven found out the real reason he was feeling so sick. The doctors took a routine blood test and on February 26th 2013, Mechai was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, or ALL. Acute lymphocytic leukemia is a fast-growing cancer of lymphocyte-forming cells called lymphoblasts.
Before a recent change, Mechai was traveling to Dornbecher’s in Portland twice a week for IV Chemotherapy and Spinal Chemotherapy. He is now on a monthly regimen of Chemotherapy. He is currently taking five different kinds of medications. Often times, the medications are so harsh that it causes his liver to not process them correctly making Mechai to be sick for weeks.
Mechai will undergo Chemotherapy for another two years on a monthly regimen and will be checked regularly after to see the effectiveness of the treatments. If the Chemotherapy is ineffective, Mechai will need a bone marrow transplant.
Although Mechai’s life has been a difficult one, he is full of happiness and creativity. He enjoys playing Xbox and movies, with The Lego Movie, Wreck it Ralph and Short Circuit being his favorites.
Mechai will be adopted as a Sparrow to La Pine Middle School. Students will work hard to raise money for Mechai through sponsored community service and fundraising projects.