Newberg resident Sawyer Jones diagnosed in August 2013
Sawyer Jones was a typical 5-year-old boy who loved riding his scooter, jumping on the trampoline, playing video games and wrestling with his two older brothers. But in August 2013, all that ended when he was rushed to the Providence Newberg Medical Center emergency room, where it was determined he had leukemia.
We were rushed to Randalls Children Hospital, where he stayed for a week, got a port placed in his chest, started chemotherapy and had several transfusions, said his mother, Megan Jones. Not too long after it was determined that Sawyer had very high risk ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia), a rare, stubborn form that would require longer, harder treatment.
Jones said Sawyer wasnt able to start kindergarten with his friends last fall at Antonia Crater Elementary School due to having a low immune system, being too weak and having to stay days at a time in the hospital.
But through it all, he has been strong and brave and very much a super hero! Jones said. One of the best things that has come from all of this is that Sawyer received a Chemo Pal from the Childrens Cancer Association. His Chemo Pal, Jeff, will meet us at the hospital and bring toys, games, books and stay and play with Sawyer.
Now a fundraiser for the Newberg boy is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 28 at Sherwoods Franco Athletic and Sports Training, 13780 S.W. Galbreath Drive. Proceeds will go to funding a trip for Sawyer to Disneyland and to the Childrens Cancer Association.
Those who cant attend can donate online at www.you caring.com. Look for Super Sawyer and the Cancer Avengers.