Jesus is a LifeROOTS client who, as a young child, was diagnosed with a Wilms tumor — a type of kidney cancer that occurs in children. The disease, which is the most common form of childhood kidney cancer, occurs in 1 in 200,000 to 250,000 children, and usually attacks when the child is less than 3 years old, and rarely occurs after age 8.
Jesus lives with his parents Ana and Jesús — who are good parents dealing with a very difficult situation, and who work every day to provide the strength, discipline, love and dedication needed. The family is of very limited resources, and have found great support through LifeROOTS in order to help Jesus, and the whole family, through this difficult time. Working closely with both Jesus and the family, the LifeROOTS team participated in support, information, and coordination of services with other institutions — ensuring that Jesus not only received the services that LifeROOTS provides to help him overcome any obstacles and reach his full potential, but ensuring that Jesus, and the family, were able to navigate the complex health system during this very trying time for them, and that Jesus received the best possible medical care from a wide variety of health care providers and specialists.
Today we are very happy to say that Jesus is in remission and in very good health. We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with Jesus and his family and watch the strides he made each day — and are so happy that LifeROOTS could play a role in helping a family through a difficult time — and helping a very special little boy by providing the services, and a team of caring professionals, that helped to bring a smile to his face.