Starting out 2020 with this tough warrior Michael. He is fighting Stage 4 relapsed neuroblastoma after 4 years of being in remission.
I met Michael's mom on a Momcology retreat weekend back in August! I was just starting out my cancer journey and got to meet this amazing group of mom's who were thrown into the cancer world just like me. We all shared our stories about our little fighters and all of the challenges that they have gone through.
Michael is a true definition of a warrior and a fighter! His treatments now have taken him to Sloan Kettering in New York City every month for about 10 days. In that time away, he is away from his twin sisters and one of his parents. When he returns, he is greeted with squeals, smiles, and big running hugs from his little sisters. Its hard for a 6 year old to be away from their family for so long, but Michael does it all with smile on his face!
From his mom Kelly: "He is the most positive, happy and outgoing cancer kid I've ever seen! Doctors and nurses continue to comment on Michael's happy nature and positive spirit despite the awful treatment he has endured. He loves to cheer up other kids and make people smile and laugh through the hospital and Ronald McDonald house."
Michael's 2019 in review:
✔Spent last New Year's in the hospital as Michael had just relapsed with stage 4 high risk Neuroblastoma (2018)
✔26 rounds of radiation
✔15 sessions of immunotherapy
✔8 rounds of chemo
✔7 trips to New York for treatment
✔Countless days in the hospital
✔lots of scans, bone marrow biopsies, and port accesses
✔Michael started kindergarten
✔Attended the Macy's Thanksgiving parade courtesy of Ronald McDonald House NY.
✔Attended the Cals Angel's Glow Walk
✔Attended Operation North Pole
✔Did the coin toss at the Hampshire Go Gold football game.
✔Was "adopted" by the HCA boys baseball team
✔Was on the NY channel 7 news
What a year it's been! Our family appreciates all your support and prayers for Michael this past year, we pray for a healthy 2020 and for Michael to be cancer free ❤ #TeamMichael #NoKidFightsCancerAlone
Even though this warrior was given a challenge in life, it hasn't stopped him from being the adorable, loving, sweet, strong boy and big brother he is today! He is such a tough fighter and works so hard to overcome all of his challenges. That cute little smile is always on his face! Keep up the fight little warrior!
You can follow his story at: Prayers for Michael Esquivel
You can donate to Michael and his family at his GoFundMe