City, State: Aloha, OR
Club: Tualatin High School Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 10/12/2016
Five-year-old Otto, affectionately known as “Otto-Bot” by family and friends, is a sweet, intelligent, and creative little boy who loves Pokémon, Legos, and knights. While he often creates pretend battles with toys such as these, in reality, Otto is in the midst of battling for his life against cancer.
In early January of 2016, Otto suddenly became ill. Over the next month, Otto underwent a whirlwind of tests and appointments with doctors and specialists. He was finally admitted to the hospital after his symptoms and pain became too severe. After several days in the hospital, a bone marrow biopsy confirmed what was wrong- neuroblastoma, stage IV.
Neuroblastoma is a form of childhood cancer that forms solid tumors. Stage IV signifies that the cancer has spread throughout the body, including the bone marrow. Scans revealed that Otto had a large soft brain tumor on the right side of his brain, along with an additional skull-based tumor nearby. A small tumor mass was also found above his right kidney.
On January 29, 2016, Otto endured a 4-hour brain surgery. Surgeons were able to remove the large tumor, but the skull-based tumor and the kidney tumor still remain. Otto has started extensive treatment, which includes chemotherapy, radiation, stem cell transplant (using his own stem cells previously collected), and immunotherapy.
Otto may also require additional surgeries in the future. Otto’s treatment plan is scheduled to last for the next 14-16 months. However, no matter how long it takes or what it requires, Otto has a warrior’s heart and is determined to fight! His love for life in the midst of his battle is an inspiration to all who know and meet him.