Honored Kid

Samir M.

Age 3
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Location

El Paso, TX, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

November 2019

Status

In treatment

Treated At

El Paso Childrens 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. Samir had a fever for 10 days. I took him to Sierra Medical and they said it was just a virus. They gave him Tylenol and sent him home. They said to wait it out that the flu symptoms would be coming in within two days. I waited 2 days, Samir continued to have fever, no flu symptoms, by this time; he was very lethargic, then I decided to take him to Texas Tech Pediatric clinic. Since they always have many doctors at that clinic it's easy to ask for a second opinion. The first doctor said again just a virus, I asked for 2nd opinion; the next doctor said the same; a virus. Again I asked them to take a look at the lil red dots that had began to appear on my son's body. Another doctor arrived. She examined the dots, took his temperature and immediately ordered blood tests. I remember her exact words,"I'm concerned about those dots. Go next door; get the labs and if it's nothing we'll call you. If it is I'll definitely be in touch. Then; an hour after we had left the lab. I got the call. Your son has no white cells or red blood cells. Please take him to ER now. Don't wait. He needs a blood transfusion now. Since then, everyday turned into a blur. My son has acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He is getting thinner every day. He is fighting for his life everyday. I'm so proud of him. Samir stopped walking because his legs were so weak from the chemo and the many transfusions. This week Samir got a lil baby walker and he is walking little by little.

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