Mikey Leija Jr's Cancer Expense

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Lina Earles
on behalf of Valerie Leija
 LAREDO, TX
Michael Leija Jr was diagnosed January 21, 2016 with brain cancer (Mixed Germ Cell Tumor). Michael (Mikey) is only 10 years old. He is the son of Michael and Valerie Leija, he is a lively bright caring happy go lucky gentleman.

I am starting this fund in his honor, I am the Godmother to one of his younger sisters. I have known Mikey since he was growing inside his mother's womb, Valerie (Val). I have been one of Val's best friends for several years and I have seen Mikey grow and mature into the wonderful soul he is. 

I'll begin with how they caught his cancer, a little history on him since he's barely 10 and hasn't experienced a full life yet, and his treatments. 

He had told his mother days before being diagnosed that he was suffering from headaches. Both Mike and Val felt something wasn't right and took him to the local ER. There they told her that there was something unusual in his CT scan and that they would need to medically transfer him to another hospital over 150 miles away. He arrived in San Antonio's Methodist Children's Hospital on January 19, 2016 at 9pm with his father. For the next few days they ran more tests on him and discovered that his brain tumor was inoperable because of its location. They were fortunately able to drain some of the built up fluid that was causing the headaches with a difficult and very slow surgical procedure. Entering first from the top right side of his scalp traveling downward along his cranium, entering through his eye socket, moving downward still to reach the base of his head, traveling back up towards the center of his brain to reach the tumor and alleviate some of the pressure.

Mikey, up until his diagnoses was a perfect attendance student, loves the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Cowboys, Wrestling, swimming, hanging out with his friends, and cracking jokes. He has two younger sisters, Maddie 6 years old and Meg 18 months, and he is very excited that his mom is expecting another baby.

His first round of chemotherapy was February 4, 2016 at Methodist Children’s Hospital where he will go through 18-20 weeks of chemo treatment before going to MD Anderson for radiation. Since Val is pregnant she isn’t able to be with him at all times nor will she be able to be around him for several days at a time once he begins radiation.

This fund is to help pay for not only his medical bills but for all the expenses that are quickly mounting up for the family. Val and Mike both have to miss work to travel the 300 miles round trip for each treatment, and stay a few days at a time in San Antonio away from their family.
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"We are grateful for everyone's generosity and words of encouragement. We have decided to close the donations before reaching the set goal because other fund raisers have been added in support of Mikey. With this help you guys have made our journey a lot easier for us. From the bottom of our hearts we are so gracious. Thank you. God Bless!" -Leija Family
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Mikey wants to share with you guys this wonderful picture of his baby brother Matthew Aaron Leija. ⚾️ #july2016

On another note: We would like to take the time and thank you guys for all your love and support during this difficult time we have encountered. Mikey has been doing great and would like to thank everyone for the prayers and well wishes. Once again from the bottom of our hearts we thank you.
Mikey hold his mom's sonogram pic of his baby brother.
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"Mikey is doing great after his first round. His appetite is still strong and he's being his usual funny self! Once again we would like to thank everyone for your donation and especially your prayers. From the bottom of my heart thank you!" -Val Leija
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Jeanette Fernandez
33 months ago
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Wishing you the best possible outcome.

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$11,860 of $20,000 goal

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Gabriela Gutierrez
33 months ago
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God bless you

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Stephanie Garcia
33 months ago
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Keeping him in my thoughts and prayers.

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Jeanette Fernandez
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Wishing you the best possible outcome.

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