In January of 2016, Juan’s mother noticed a lump in his neck. “He had a high fever out of nowhere,” said Jennifer Valencia, Juan’s mom. “After days of testing and three hometown ER visits, we were sent to HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital.” Juan was diagnosed with stage four anaplastic large cell lymphoma.
“I was terrified,” said Jennifer. “I was angry. I couldn’t believe this was happening to my family and to my baby boy. It was hard financially, physically, emotionally and spiritually.” Juan is now doing great! “We have received the most incredible care at St. John’s Children’s Hospital. When we are there, we feel at home.”