Pablo is an energetic seven-year-old who loves to run and play. He loves to be active and play with Legos, puzzles, and his Nintendo Switch.
In August of 2021 Pablo’s parents noticed a large bump on his neck but doctors believed it was just an infection that would go away.
By the end of September and after a bout with Covid, multiple lymph nodes became swollen on both sides. A visit to the ER eventually led him to a specialist at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.
In November of 2021, the largest lymph node was surgically removed but the biopsy was undetermined, and cancer was not a concern. By December, however, Pablo’s coughing became worse and after weeks of antibiotics he was sent to a lung specialist.
By January 2022, Pablo began vomiting two to three times a day and his weight steadily dropped.
Doctors ran a multitude of blood tests and scans and did a biopsy of the other enlarged lymph nodes. Tests revealed Pablo had Marginal Zone Lymphoma. By April, the cancer had spread to his lungs and spleen.
His treatment began immediately by placing a feeding tube, a PICC line and surgically removing the other large lymph node. Then Pablo’s experimental chemotherapy began.
Even after everything he has gone through, Pablo is happy and lights up a room. He will continue to fight the battle and wait for the next steps in his treatment as doctors monitor his progress and continually check to be sure the cancer does not return.
Pablo will be adopted as a Sparrow to Cascade Jr. High School. Students will work hard to raise money for Pablo through sponsored community service.