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My Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We've created our to keep friends and family updated about our Azzy. Get started by reading the introduction to our website, My Story.

This site was created and is updated and maintained by Azzy's auntie, Heather.



Our Azzy went home to be with Jesus on 27 Nov 2012, after fighting hard for 16 months. We are so grateful to all of you for sticking by us and supporting us during this journey.

Azariah (Azzy) was 2 years old, and the son of Anthony and Sabria Beck. He has two brothers, Josh, 3, and Maxx, 2. 

Azzy was a normal 11 month old boy, crawling and trying to learn to walk. Overnight, he developed a large bump on his right temple, and two black eyes. At first, we thought he'd fallen and bumped his head, or that we'd cut his hair too short with the clippers. As the days went on, the black eyes weren't healing and he stopped sleeping. His happy, perky self was replaced by a lethargic baby who was clearly in pain. A few days into the ordeal, we decided to take him to the ER to get him looked at.

Almost immediately, the bump was thought by the nurses to be a tumor. a CT scan was ordered, as well as an MIBG. On August 9, 2011, the tests showed conclusively that Azzy has stage 4 Neuroblastoma. The mass on his temple was indeed a tumor, and the tests also showed a tomato sized tumor in his abdomen and several smaller ones in his sinus cavity, pushing his teeth out. 

That day, a bone marrow biopsy was done, and a few days later, it was determined that he was considered high risk and would need the maximum amount of chemo drugs in order to beat it. His first round of chemo was on August 11, one day before the "high risk" was determined. They'd started him on intermediate risk chemo drugs so they could get a jump start at reducing the tumors, in case he was intermediate risk. When it was learned that he was high risk, they switched his chemo drugs to include more aggressive ones, and his treatments were extended by 1 more chemo session. 

 The next week, a second lump formed on his other temple and was confirmed to be another tumor. It was initially thought that the tumors were attached to the outside of his skull, but it was discovered that they were inside his skull, pushing on his brain. 

His oncologist told us that he has a 30% chance of making it through treatments and a possible relapse before age 5. 

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Heather Dominguez posted a new journal entry, "27 Nov 2013".

Today, we celebrated Azzy's Angel Day. It's so hard to believe that it's already been a year. It was freezing cold and snowing, just like the day we had his funeral. We ... Read more

Margaret Vela signed Azariah's Guestbook.

Heather, I cannot believe it has been one painful year since Azzy earned his angel wings. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. May you and your family have a ... Read more

Heather Dominguez posted a new journal entry, "Childhood Cancer Awareness Month".

In honor of tomorrow (the first day of childhood cancer awareness month), I have a request. Please remember that though childhood cancer may not be affecting your life ... Read more

Heather Dominguez posted a new journal entry, "Azzy's birthday".

On Thursday, Azzy would have been three years old. It's hard to believe how much has changed since his birthday celebration last year. I remember how excited we were that ... Read more

Heather Dominguez posted a new journal entry, "14 Mar 2013".

I have been finding it difficult to reminisce about Azzy's journey. There is still pain and loss left, though some days are worse than others. It's been nearly four months ... Read more

Heather Dominguez posted a new journal entry, "26 Dec 2012".

We had a good Christmas yesterday. I stopped by to take some toys to Azzy, and I was touched to see that he's had many visitors since I'd been last. His site is beautiful, ... Read more

Heather Dominguez posted a new journal entry, "11 Dec 2012".

I apologize for the delay in posting this. For those who have been asking, the funeral home is now able to provide details about the remaining funeral balance, and they ... Read more

Heather Dominguez posted a new journal entry, "6 Dec 2012".

Today was my first day back to work. It was a good distraction... Until the shift was over. As soon as it ended and all of the kids were asleep, my anxiety spiked. For a ... Read more

Heather Dominguez posted a new journal entry, "Funeral Day".

We had a beautiful service for Azzy today. He is now resting in our family plot at the cemetery, and is close enough that I can visit him often. Thank you to everyone that ... Read more

Heather Dominguez posted a new journal entry, "Funeral day".

We buried our Azzy today. It was a beautiful service and graveside memorial to him. I couldn't keep it together when it was my turn... Saying goodbye is the hardest thing. ... Read more

Heather Dominguez posted a new journal entry, "Live funeral broadcast".

We know that there are many of you out there who are too far away to attend Azzy's funeral tomorrow. Your support had meant so much to us this year, and we'd really like ... Read more

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