Thank you for following the story of our loving and energetic 6-year old Raguel.
June 30, Raguel wasn’t his usual cheerful and playful self. He complained his back and legs hurt. We thought all he needed was some rest. The next day, we had to bring him to the hospital because the pain didn’t go away plus he had a fever.
They initially diagnosed him with Pott’s disease: a harsh diagnosis to accept at the time but we took comfort in that it was hopefully caught early and is treatable.
A few days of treatment go by, he showed no signs of improvement and tests came back negative. From there it was a battery of tests and scans to find out what Raguel had.
After weeks in and out of the the hospital and fearing the worst, the doctors found a tumor above Raguel’s kidney that had to be taken out. The surgery was successful and we spent his birthday (July 23) in the hospital as he recovered. All this time still still fearing the worst.
On July 30 we received the conclusive diagnosis: Raguel had malignant neuroblastoma, Stage 3. And he needs to go through an aggressive chemotherapy program to fight it.
Today, Raguel’s battle with the first of eight cycles of chemotherapy begins. We are hopeful and thankful that he is a strong and courageous soldier who can get through more cycles of chemotherapy and radiation treatments to survive. This will be a very long road for our sweet little Raguel.
The truth is, although Raguel is up for this fight, we are not financially ready for it. No normal working class parents are. We would appreciate any and all that would donate to Raguel’s fight against neuroblastoma. Each and every penny will be used towards his medical expenses. He is totally in this battle please help us give him the chance to win.