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On Sept. 26, 2014, doctors diagnosed Jaxson Martinez with stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma, a rare cancer with only about 300 cases a year in the U.S.
The Martinez family was told to prepare for at least four weeks of Jaxson staying at Methodist Children's Hospital and at least one year of chemotherapy.
“Even though it broke our hearts to know our son has cancer, he seems to have no idea he’s even sick,” Juan said.
For the next year, Jaxson underwent seven rounds of chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, resection (tumor removal), 12 rounds of radiation and more than 30 blood transfusions. Jaxson had a full response to chemotherapy and saw a reduction of 90 percent to the tumor in his abdomen and 100 percent to the tumor is his head.
“Through his treatment, Jaxson had very little side effects that usually come with cancer treatment,” Juan said. “And to him, at 2 years old, he thought this was all normal.”
Jaxson is now 5 years old and in school. His family credits the support of countless prayers and of the doctors, nurses and many others – including blood donors – for saving Jaxson’s life.
What can you donation do? Watch Jaxson's story here!