Honored Kid

Joseph A.

Age 22
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Location

Silver City, NM, US

Diagnosis

LCH ( Langerhan Cell Histiocytosis)

Date of Diagnosis

October 2001

Status

Cancer free

Treated At

Texas Children's Hospital UNM Children's Hospital

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My Story

Joey is a fun, and outgoing young man, who loves to ride his bike, play his Playstation and PSP, and just hang around with his favorite cousins Rigo, Alex and Mick. He is a fifth grader at Jose Barrios Elementary school, and his friend’s from school think he is a kind hearted person. He is and always has been a diehard Dallas Cowboy fan and he plans to play for them when he gets older as the Quarterback. If not that then he wants to be a police officer like his uncles Adam and Jaime. Joey is the youngest of three children and loves to be around his family. He enjoys the outdoors and goes hunting with his dad or rides his four-wheeler. Of course him and his mom hang out from time to time but he definitely loves nature. On Sundays he goes to St. Frances Newman Center Parish with his dad, mom, Sister Maria Luisa and Brother Matthew. He is an alter server there and loves it because Fr Marcos is so nice. After, we all go out to lunch with Joey’s Great Grandma Chayo, whom has a very special connection with Joey. Joey, like most kids, loves cheese pizza, watching his favorite movies, and watching his favorite TV show Phineas and Ferb. He enjoys spending time with his aunt and Uncle Stephanie and Bob, and he especially loves his uncle Bob. Joey is now cancer free, but still sees his oncologist in the YES clinic once a year just to make sure all is okay with him. Joey is down to two injections a day for his Diabetes Insipidus, which he developed with the Langerhan Cell. Joey was an honored child last year for the Las Cruces, St. Baldricks Event and was also a shavee. This year he will participate with his own team, and will again be a shavee for his second year. Joey says “Mom I shave my head because I survived cancer, and I want to help all the other kids who suffer with childhood cancer.”

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