In Late August, Lenon Padilla was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Multitudes of visitors came to the hospital and saw how strong and optimistic Lenon was throughout the first few weeks of his treatment. On September 8th, a few days after returning home from the hospital, Lenon suffered from a clot in his brain, as his chemotherapy made him prone to blood clots. He had a seizure and an ensuing fall. Emergency surgery was performed to relieve the swelling and bleeding in his brain, and Lenon was in critical condition for several days. After exhausting all options, it became apparent that Lenon was trying to leave this Earth. He was able to return home to God’s Kingdom on September 14th, 2019.
Lenon has had an unbelievable impact on the people around him. He is well remembered as an athlete and a supremely talented performer at Vista del Lago High School in Folsom. As a pre-nursing student at Chico State University, he became a beloved part of the community as a Phi Delta Theta frat brother and a member of Young Life. He found profound joy in serving others while in college. While volunteering at Young Life’s Woodleaf camp last summer, he wrote dozens of songs of worship. As a prolific songwriter and a gifted musician, Lenon was able to share his voice with the world and touch the hearts of many.
Throughout his life, Lenon has exuded joy, love, and kindness and shared his beautiful soul with the countless people he has encountered—family, friends, classmates, teachers, coworkers, camp members, and so many others.
This fund will support the Vista del Lago High School Folsom Guitar Nation program and the Young Life College program in Chico, two programs that profoundly shaped him and allowed him to spread his wings.
We are so blessed that Lenon has given so much to us. Those who know him know that he had a heart of gold and an unforgettable presence. Thank you for supporting Lenon.