In November 2012, in their home country of Mexico, Ian’s family was devastated when tests revealed he had a rare brain tumor called a medulloblastoma.
After Ian underwent surgery to remove the tumor, his family turned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for his treatment and care, which included radiation therapy and chemotherapy. After finishing treatment, Ian and his family were able to return home.
But in November 2015, tests showed Ian’s cancer had returned. His continued care at St. Jude included radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
“Because of St. Jude, I never have to worry about anything other than Ian,” said his mom, Quimverly, at the time. “We’re provided with the best treatment ever, food, housing, even our travel expenses.” Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
St. Jude patient Ian with his ESL teacher, Tracy Long, at the St. Jude School Program by Chili's.
"St. Jude makes us feel so safe,” Quimverly said. “I know that St. Jude is giving my son the best treatment. We’re so thankful to the people who support St. Jude. Their donations help save many lives.”
Ian was an artistic boy who likes to design and build things with Legos. His favorite food was the traditional Mexican soup, menudo.
Editor's note: We regret to inform you that Ian passed away from cancer in June 2018.