Honored Kid

Maka Almarza

Age 23
Maka Almarza Kid Photo


Waipahu, HI, US


Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

March 2005


No evidence of disease

Treated At

Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women and Children

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My Story

Maka was 3 yrs. old (two weeks shy of his 4th birthday) when he was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma On 3-23-05. A total resection of the tumor was done. He endured 30 treatments of radiation and months of chemotherapy. Although Maka suffers from many late effects (eg.; hearing loss, behavorial & growth problems, anxiety & panic attacks, learning disabilities and living with a VP Shunt due to Hydrocephalus) He is an out-going little boy with so much love and compassion for all those he come into contact with. He loves spending time with his older siblings & four nephews. He enjoys the school he attends and appreciates the help (and special attention) from his teachers & peers and Maka dreams of playing baseball player just like his big brother Moku. Being the little Hero he is- Maka stepped up to the plate and became his mom's strength when she was diagnosed with cancer three years later.

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