Joey Alvarado, or "Pooh Bear," as those near and dear like to call him, was born in Toledo, Ohio, on the 8th of April, 1991. Joey in many respects is like most 9-year olds...he was into Pokemon, collects sports cards, and really enjoys listening to the Back Street Boys and similar bands. In several other respects, Joey is different than most kids...he is into music and science...and has contracted what is known as Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).
This type is the most common and most treatable. The cancer cells are produced in the lymphocyte, and are not there to help fight infections. Joey's body was full of these leukemia cells. We began treatment right away. The treatment for boys with ALL lasts 3 years and 2 months. Joey has finished treatment, but relapsed in his central nervous system on Thanksgiving. Now we are looking at harder treatment...a new double lumen central line; many, many spinal taps and chemo that is so very intense.
My Mom, Stephanie, likes to think of this song when she thinks of me. Click HERE to go there...but please come back to visit!
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05 May 2010 03:58 PM
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