Valley teen shares cancer journey during childhood cancer awareness month

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EDINBURG - September is nationally recognized as childhood cancer awareness month.

According to Texas Health and Human Services, cancer is the leading cause of disease related deaths in people between one and 24.

As part of childhood cancer awareness month, a teen cancer patient at DHRHealth Hospital shared his story to inspire other children to be hopeful.

Abraham Yanez was diagnosed with Leukemia cancer at the age of ten and diagnosed again at 13.

Before he was diagnosed with cancer, he was diagnosed with autism.

Pediatric hematologist-oncologist physician, Dr. Juan Bernini believes that Abraham is special because, despite his medical conditions Abraham remains active and joyous everyday.

He’s doing very well with his treatment. We offer him the best treatment available and his chances of being healed are very very good,” Dr. Bernini said.

A short time after Dr. Bernini found cancer cells in Abraham’s spinal fluid in July, Abraham’s mother was diagnosed with a different form of Leukemia cancer.

It’s not common the Leukemia is first in the son and after in the mom. So it’s really strange, we have no idea what’s going on,” Abraham’s father, Jesus Yanez said.

The last study we did through research show that at least ninety five percent of kids...with leukemia can be cured,” Dr. Bernini said.

Despite the promising numbers Dr. Bernini believes more research should be done with childhood cancers.

If you feel inspired and would like to participate in raising awareness, DHRHealth will host its childhood cancer awareness month ‘Parade of Gold’ on Saturday, September 19.

The event will take place at the Edinburg Conference Center between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Officials ask that all participants decorate their vehicles and wear gold in celebration of all childhood cancer survivors.

All child cancer survivors are welcomed to participate.

To RSVP or for more information regarding the parade call 956-362-2114.


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