Honored Kid

Spencer Parish

Spencer Parish Kid Photo


Sanders, AZ, US



Date of Diagnosis

December 2017



Treated At

UNM Childrens Hospital Banner Cardon Children's Hospital

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My Story

Thank you for supporting me and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure. Yaateeh, shi Ke' doo shi dine’e, My name is Desirea Ortega, I am the Start of the Red Streak born for the Water’s Edge clan. My maternal grandparents are the Folded Arms people. My paternal grandparents are from the Yankton tribe. I am originally from Navajo Station/ Cornfields, Arizona located on the Navajo Nation reservation. I am a mother, sister, and more importantly an Aunt to Spencer Parrish. I love my nephew, when I first found out he had cancer I was heartbroken, my sister called me and told me they found something in SJ. That SJ would be flown to the nearest City Albuquerque where he would get further treatment for a Cancer tumor in his stomach. SJ being the same age as my son it broke my heart.  My sister has been so strong in her life this far. From losing a son the year before to having another one of her precious babies become sick with Cancer. She has shared with me her journey with SJ from the first treatment to now his fourth. She has shared with me things that I myself would not know what to do. In my family this type of sickness is unknown. Knowing that my nephew had Pancreatic cancer made me more aware of childhood cancer and made me part of this special community of families and supporters who champion this cause together. I will always support my family. I am the second oldest in a family of nine. In our culture, their children are my own. I am blessed. Ahe'hee! (Thank you)

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