Mateo is 8 years old and in 3rd grade at Driscoll School in Brookline, Mass. He has 3 siblings (Leo 10, Milo 5 and Violet 2) and a pet leopard gecko (Max).
Mateo plays lacrosse and football. In fact, he just came off his 1st season playing Pop Warner football for the Brookline Jamaica Plain Patriots. He played an awesome, immovable right guard! Mateo also loves art and being silly with friends. He's also a great artist!
He's a boy with a great smile, a kind heart and an easy going manner. He'd be the 1st to admit that this disposition gets challenged frequently in a house with 3 siblings! But it is a great household, one filled with the vibrance and life and noise, and Mateo cannot wait to return to all it's wonderful chaos!
In the most recent weeks, Mateo was not the same smiling, happy-go-lucky boy. He certainly suffered from some basic ailments, ones from which few parents would immediately leap to drastic thoughts, such as something was wrong beyond a straightforward cold or flu. His belly bothered him, a persistent, but dull feeling. Nothing in which pain was overwhelming, and nothing to the extent that merited an emergency room visit. Over the course of a few weeks, he lost a few pounds, and his appetite dwindled to an all time low, and he occasionally registered a 99 on the thermometer, warm but not hot. Towards the middle of the last few weeks he also acquired a subtle cough, which also became persistent. Finally, the night before Mateo's visit to the emergency room he complained of shoulder pain and threw up.
The next day, Nov. 20, Mandy and Mateo visited the emergency room at Children's hospital, hopeful that this was going to be an unnecessary trip to the ER, a trip that a lot of parents are familiar with!
From here our lives are and will be forever different. Initial blood tests, and later more other procedures, bone marrow biopsy, confirmed that Mateo has B cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Leukemia is cancer of the blood, which when said like this, puts it into perspective.
Mateo's condition is very treatable, he just has a long and intense road ahead of him. Mateo is ready for the fight! The treatment plan is approximately over 2 years. This first month is the most intense as the fight centers around putting the Leukemia into remission.