Meet Cesar, a 4-year-old boy who loves music, Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Spider-Man, and dreams of becoming a firefighter.
Cesar’s medical journey began at the age of one when his family realized he was having trouble with his muscles, especially walking and standing.
October 28th, 2020 marked the start of his battle when doctors at OHSU gave a diagnosis of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy or DMD.
This is a lifelong genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscular degeneration and weakness.
Medications and hormone steroid treatments are a part of Cesar’s daily life and essential to managing his condition. The treatments support his growth and development. Cesar’s diet and nutrition are also carefully managed.
Cesar has endured three surgeries, including the placement of a chest port.
Cesar receives physical therapy to enhance his ability to perform everyday movements like running, climbing stairs, and jumping.
Cesar will be adopted as a Sparrow to West Salem High School. Students will work hard to earn money for Cesar through sponsored community service, giving him and his family the support they need to continue fighting this battle.