Carlos – Bell Ringing

 

He may be small, but almost-4-year-old Carlos has already fought a big battle, and he’s even got the boxing gloves to prove it.

Before he turned one, Carlos’s mom, Angel noticed his eye was shaking rapidly, and it got worse with time. After a visit with a pediatrician and optometrist, she was routed to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Doctors there discovered Carlos had a rare brain tumor: Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma (JPA). It was scary she says, but it was the beginning of a “new normal” for their family.

In February 2019, Carlos underwent surgery and the doctors took everything they could without damaging his eye. For the next year, Carlos underwent chemotherapy every four weeks at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children’s. As a little boy, he was sometimes scared, but Angel says the whole family was treated with kindness and sensitivity. He loved visits from Animal-Assisted Therapy and trips to the playroom and the cafeteria, where the yummy, affordable food made those frequent visits easier. And she reports, Carlos never lost his thick, wavy hair!

On the day of his final chemotherapy treatment, it was Carlos’ turn to step up and ring the bell. That unmistakable chiming at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders stops everyone in their tracks. As is tradition as the CCBD, everyone on the patient’s care team gathers together to sing the “No more Chemo” song, and patients are presented with a “party in a bag” to take home. Kind words of encouragement are spoken, and the magnitude of a family’s journey is given a moment of tribute as the bell is rung in celebration.
On his special day, Carlos’ nurses also signed a pair of boxing gloves for him to take home. He was lifted up by his mom and dad to ring the bell. His extended family members cheered him on, decked out in their Disney shirts, ready for the trip to follow. They were ready to step out of the ring and back into all that Carlos has to look forward to –a trip to Disney, a new baby brother or sister and NO MORE CHEMO!

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Posted by Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation on Thursday, August 29, 2019

He may be small, but almost-4-year-old Carlos is has already fought a big battle, and he’s even got the boxing gloves to prove it.

Before he turned one, Carlos’s mom, Angel noticed his eye was shaking rapidly, and it got worse with time. After a visit with a pediatrician and optometrist, she was routed to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Doctors there discovered Carlos had a rare brain tumor:  Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma (JPA). It was scary she says, but it was the beginning of a “new normal” for their family.

In February 2019, Carlos underwent surgery and the doctors took everything they could without damaging his eye. For the next year, Carlos underwent chemotherapy every four weeks at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children’s. As a little boy, he was sometimes scared, but Angel says the whole family was treated with kindness and sensitivity. He loved visits from Animal-Assisted Therapy and trips to the playroom and the cafeteria, where the yummy, affordable food made those frequent visits easier. And she reports, Carlos never lost his thick, wavy hair!

On the day of his final chemotherapy treatment, it was Carlos’ turn to step up and ring the bell. That unmistakable chiming at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders stops everyone in their tracks. As is tradition as the CCBD, everyone on the patient’s care team gathers together to sing the “No more Chemo” song, and patients are presented with a “party in a bag” to take home.  Kind words of encouragement are spoken, and the magnitude of a family’s journey is given a moment of tribute as the bell is rung in celebration.

On his special day, Carlos’ nurses also signed a pair of boxing gloves for him to take home. He was lifted up by his mom and dad to ring the bell. His extended family members cheered him on, decked out in their Disney shirts, ready for the trip to follow. They were ready to step out of the ring and back into all that Carlos has to look forward to –a trip to Disney, a new baby brother or sister and NO MORE CHEMO!

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