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Saylor’s Story


Hi, my name is Saylor Voris.   Two weeks after school started, 2013, my Sophomore year at San Clemente High School, I got some weird swore throat and cold that would not go away for over a week and I started to get real tired.    I also noticed I had this kind of bug bite on my leg that started to look really bad.  I showed my parents and they said, “If you still feel bad in the morning, we'll take you to the Doctor.”   That was Sunday, September 15th.  Well, by morning my leg was so hot and painful, I could barely walk on it.   Dad was already at work, so Mom rushed me right over to Saddleback Hospital here in San Clemente.   They did not like what they saw and said my Blood Pressure was very low.   By the time the ER Doctor got me stabilized, they were getting the Blood results, and they did not look good.   They were not exactly sure what was going on, but they needed me transferred right away to the next closest Hospital with a Hematologist on staff, so off in an ambulance to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo I went.

While there, they ran some more Blood work and found the same results, my White and Red Blood cells were “alarmingly” LOW.   The hematologist did not want to say for without a Bone Marrow Test, but, what they were basically telling my parents was that I have Leukemia.   Leukemia I thought!!!   Isn’t that CANCER?  

Well, one more Critical Care Ambulance transport later to Children’s Hospital of Orange County in the City of Orange, and a “quick” bone marrow aspiration later, and they confirmed it…  I have CANCER.

They told me it is a very, very, rare case of Leukemia.   Only 5% of all Childhood Leukemia cases in the nation are like mine.   Its call Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) with a sub type M-7.

Knowing that I was no longer going to be the Head Cheerleader for the JV squad, I just started crying, and then I asked, “Will I be out of here in time for Winter Formal.”


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The Voris family wants you to know that they appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most. 

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Thank You for all the Love

I've said it before, but I would love to say it again....  I hand picked San Clemente to raise my beautiful kids and I also choose a profession of brotherhood...   And it does not surprise me that the out pour of love and support has been so Great...   I am so proud of all of you,   This is beyond difficult for me, Konnie and Sam, and all the Love and support has really softened the blow....         

Love John 

41 people hearted this



dana riddle
By dana riddle
we love all of you so much dana riddle
Jennifer Bang
By Jennifer Bang
I am praying for you today.
Just wanted you to know I will not forget your warrior's journey!
Jennifer Bang
Trever Austin
By Trever Austin and Family
John and Konnie,
We pray for you guys and Sam during this time of loss. You guys, including Saylor, are in our hearts forever.
Kathi Nelson
By Kathi Nelson
God bless your entire family.....especially tomorrow.
Richard Corder
By Rich Corder
God bless all of you....................................................
Tina Boyer
By Tina Boyer
God bless you all !
Roger Olson
By Virginia and Roger
Your family has touched so many of us, we love you all dearly. RV aka G&G SK8R
Rita Jean Wagar
By Rita Jean Wagar
The support of friends, neighbors, family, friends, and even folks we hardly know is such a great help during this terribly difficult time. Your family is in my prayers.
Kris Dillenbeck
By Kris Dillenbeck
Hi From Pennsylvania,
Although we have never met in person, I have followed beautiful Saylor's journey...thru the ups and the downs. My heart was happy and my heart was saddened. She was such a fighter and she fought the battle as hard as she could. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you through this very difficult time and will remain with you in the days ahead. Sending Love to the entire family.
Lori Garrett
By Lori Garrett
Constant praying and love for you beautiful family!