Three years ago, March 2016, exactly this same week, our family was in a most unexpected circumstance. Enrico Santino, my nephew E was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer, medically known as medullablastoma.
Since then, his life as an 8 year boy has never been the same. We are blessed that he was never in pain in spite his collective and aggressive protocols for 44 radiation sessions and 26 chemotherapy cycles. We painfully watched and endured with him the rough journey of every cancer patient. And we rejoiced with him through the months as the Lord graciously blessed and rewarded him twice for being tumor free. Making him almost reach his 100% goal of being well.
Now 11 years old, he was again declared tumor free on December 5, 2018, but last March 21 (his Moms birthday), we are exactly at the same state he was three years ago. They were surprised to have found 4 new tumors in his brain and a spread of very small tumors down his spine.
We can’t even begin to find the words to express how painful this is. Looking at E, we see a boy perfect and whole. A boy who is fighting to be well and claims his healing through the power of Jesus Christ who has blessed him to come this far.
So amidst the pain and uncertainties, we choose to trust and not to be overcome with fear. We will continue to fight your cancer with prayer, your doctors and a lot of love.
He will begin his treatment on Tuesday. This time, only chemo will be given to target both brain and spine. No more radiation because it can do more harm than healing. Please help us pray for E to respond well to the medication and be healed with the new protocol.
We thank you Lord God that you are sovereign and in full control. May we give you all honour, glory and praise as we go through this journey.
You can also send your donations by depositing it through the family's Philippines bank account:
Bank: Banco de Oro (BDO)
Account No. 010910000506
Account Name: Mark / Vilma Urbano
Account No. 6333633186740
Account Name: Vilma / Enrico Urbano