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How the Niños program makes a difference

Jose Adrian is one of the Niños Incapacitados program’s most uplifting success stories.

pg15Born in July 2003, Jose Adrian is now almost 16 years old and enjoying his life like most other teens.

But it wasn’t always like that.

At eight years old, he became very sick.  It started with a tumor in the throat, which spread to his face. At one point, doctors only gave him just eight days to live.

For two years he received treatments at Guadalajara’s Hospital Civil, stretching the family finances to the point where they had to sleep on the street outside the hospital to be there with him. That was until a friend told them about Niños Incapacitados.

Jose Adrian entered the Niños Incapacitados program and was diagnosed with “lymphoblastic leukemia.”  

Childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow produces too many immature lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell).

His treatments started immediately on a weekly basis. They continued every two weeks, then for once a month and every two months, for four years.  He now goes to the hospital once very six months.

Jose Adrian ha been in remission for two years. An intelligent and happy boy, he will soon finish secondary school and hopes to start high school in August.

His dream is to become a doctor like those who treated him. 

His illness was  a life altering experience that has given him the desire and strength to do his best.  

Go to programaninos.com to see how you can help make a difference in the lives of children like Jose Adrian.

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