Honored Kid

Ian Vallejo

Ian Vallejo Kid Photo


Chicago, IL, US



Date of Diagnosis

May 2015


Passed away

Treated At

University of Minnesota Hospital Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital

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My Story

We are incredibly privileged to have a son and brother that is amazingly funny, brave, courageous and kind. Ian lived and loved completely and without reservation. He said a few times that he has been fortunate to have an amazing life-- done more, seen more and lived more than most people. So many people have been influenced and challenged by knowing his beautiful soul. If you have ever had him belay you on a climbing wall, you know that he always believed you could do more and go further than you thought you could…. And he helped you get there. In the medical battles Ian has faced in his last 3+ years we have been privileged to get the best treatments and care the world has to offer. We are more fortunate than most in this world to have access, insurance and family/community support to seek out the best and go there; this amazing privilege is one we are so thankful for but also know that most are not afforded such options. We hope to work toward a world where all people are able to get such medical care and community support. We will continue to work in the osteosarcoma community to fight this disease with the medical and research teams as well as offer support while fighting for access to the best medicine has to offer for other families. Ian talked about how his Doctor's amazing outside-of-the-box treatments and willingness to try what others wouldn’t - gave him one of the best 1.5 years of his life. He lived independently, studying his passion (prosthetics and orthotics), fell in love with an amazing woman, made new friends and lived a relatively “normal” life. “Normal” is such a blessing after the abnormal life of doctors and hospitals. In the 1.5 months since Ian’s diagnosis, of treatment-induced AML leukemia, he received amazing care so that he could survive an “unsurvivable infection and organ failure” which has given him 3 incredible weeks surrounded by family and friends; 2 weeks of which were at “home” surrounded by comfort, joy and love. He knows the love and support he had worldwide and it helped us all get through these 3 years. July 19, 2018, at 7:57pm Ian passed away. Our lives will forever have a missing piece that we must endure. But we will endure it together with hope, love and an enduring drive to change the world for the better. Ian will always be with us.

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