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WES' CANCER BATTLE - HIS 4TH BATTLE WITH NEUROBLASTOMA
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The Story
As of 8/28/2015:
Wes Pak is 9 years old, a big brother to Ebin (4) and Eli (2), has a love for the environment, and a dream of becoming a scientist/marine biologist. Wes also has been battling cancer for the last four years (more than 1,500 days!). He was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, a very aggressive form of pediatric cancer on June 24, 2011, and since then, has been fighting to survive on a daily basis. On June 5th of this year Wes and his family were told that his cancer had returned for the 4th time leaving him with a very grim prognosis. Local doctors gave little to no hope, so Wes is continuing treatment in NYC, hoping to defy the odds stacked against him. Wes’ last scans revealed progression despite chemotherapy. Cancer has caused this family to lose a lot over the years including their home, Wes’ childhood, their peace of mind, and as of August 31st, his mom’s employment, leaving them with debt they continue to drown in knowing one day bankruptcy will be inevitable. However, it cannot take away their determination to save their little boy.
To date (August 2015) Wes has had the following:
17 rounds of chemotherapy cocktails (each being 3-5 days long while inpatient) Soon to be more
14 rounds of external beam radiation
2 rounds of intraoperative radiation
5 major abdominal surgeries
3 port/line placement surgeries
one stem cell apheresis
6 months of Accutane
8 rounds of mouse 3f8 antibody treatment (clinical trial)
8 cycles of humanized 3f8 antibody treatment (clinical trial)
3 vaccine trial injections
4 Clinical Trials (Wes is now dependent on these trials)
15+ four-point bone marrow biopsies
numerous scans and injections
more blood transfusions than I care to count.
Wes has lost his left adrenal gland, left kidney, part of his pancreas, a piece of his liver, a small portion of his small bowel, and had his colon taken apart twice and put back together. He also has myositis caused by radiation leaving one leg slightly shorter than the other, chronic GI issues from frequent surgeries, as well as neuropathy from the chemotherapy.

If you wish to follow Wes’ journey you can do so here: www.facebook.com/Wes.fight.against.nb
Fundraiser:
https://www.youcaring.com/other/wes-cancer-battle-relapsed-neuroblastoma/216602
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Krista Volkers Pak 350 points
Wes' facebook page is www.facebook.com/wes.fight.against.nb
+11 votes
Aug 29, 2015
Woobs85 260 points
#GoGold  #WesSrtong   -   I am having a problem figuring out how to vote :(
+5 votes
Sep 15, 2015
Felicia McGowan 110 points
the green up arrow on the top left
anonymous
Wes is one Amazing Child. I go to church with members of his family who are always sending our prayer request. Wes attends the same Elementary School as my Son. The school staff and students are very compassionate towards Wes and his fight. I also had an exchange student who was in a school club in which they threw a Birthday party/fundraising party for him. This child is special and loved in our community. Not sure how we vote but I would vote for him to be on the Ellen show. She will also fall in love with Wes the way we have. You have my vote Wes!
+5 votes
Sep 15, 2015
Kary Whipple Snyder 240 points
Wes is one Amazing Child. I go to church with members of his family who are always sending our prayer request. Wes attends the same Elementary School as my Son. The school staff and students are very compassionate towards Wes and his fight. I also had an exchange student in my home who was in a high school club in which they threw a Birthday party/fundraising party for him. This child is special and loved in our community. Not sure how we vote but I would vote for him to be on the Ellen show. She will also fall in love with Wes the way we have. You have my vote Wes!
+5 votes
Sep 15, 2015
anonymous
Awesome guy!!
+3 votes
Aug 29, 2015
Lynne Stiefler
Wes is a true hero and not sure how the voting works but he deserves to be honored.
+3 votes
Sep 15, 2015
Cblack712 120 points
Green arrow at the top of the page allows you to vote!
mdiamond7 210 points
The dedication the Pak's have for their son is tremendous. The other side of the story is how much time they invest in raising awareness about pediatric cancers. So not only do they fight on a daily basis for their child, but also for those they have never met, as well as those who have yet to be diagnosed. #TeamPak
+3 votes
Sep 15, 2015
Yve49 190 points
I voted, at least I believe I did. Wes is an amazing child with a great loving family that has endured so much!  Wes you are a hero and you are always in my prayers!
+2 votes
Sep 15, 2015
AmberB 190 points
We love you Wes...you inspire us everyday ...#wesstrong
+2 votes
Sep 15, 2015
anonymous
Is there any page to follow?
+1 vote
Aug 29, 2015
anonymous
How to vote?
-Amanda
+1 vote
Aug 29, 2015
kimmer35 110 points
You  have to click the green Arrow up button!
Rebecca Stiles
Go Wes!!! - Love from Texas
+1 vote
Sep 15, 2015
EdLaCo 260 points
Wes is the strongest and most powerful child I know, even though he is my Grand-Nephew, which may cause me to be a little bias. Wes is more interested in caring for other children, who have the same cancer as he does and other children in the hospital, with his toy drives and donation drives. His strength and drive are awesome especially for a 9 year old who is fighting his 4th round of cancer, since he was 5 years old.
+1 vote
Sep 15, 2015
anonymous
Incredible little boy!
+1 vote
Sep 15, 2015
Judy Byrum 180 points
Wes is a child that does not give up and because he does not give up his family will not give up.  He is a brave happy young man with great dreams.  His smile will light up a room even though he may be in pain he can make you smile.  He is a great little actor and he likes to dress up as his favorite movie and tv stars.  He does not let cancer rule him he is truly a fighter.  His mother is one of the bravest people I know.  At her young age to make decisions to fight for her son's life, no matter what, takes amazing strength.
+1 vote
Sep 15, 2015
tcharrington 160 points
I have never met Wes but I have been following him for a while.  You have an adorable, strong, sweet brave little guy there.  You can't help from loving him!  I love him and have never met him.   I pray for him every day. I read your stories and cry and then at other times Wes makes me smile from ear to ear because of something he says or he gets excited over.  I voted for him.  You have an awesome Kid! I hope he gets all the votes he needs!
+1 vote
Sep 15, 2015
jackbeth 170 points
Praying for Wes everyday.  He is one of the strongest little boys I have been following. Keep fighting Wes.
+1 vote
Sep 15, 2015
anonymous
Love you JEDI WARRIOR!!! STAY STRONG NEGU!! <3
+1 vote
Sep 20, 2015
Nina taylor 140 points
It doesn't tell you if you voted or not! Just how to make a pie!!!!
0 votes
Sep 15, 2015
jlipscomb 150 points
I truly hope that something comes out of this to help your family Krista! Wes is an angel, and you all deserve the best. God bless. ♡
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Sep 15, 2015
TerryLR 150 points
I voted for sweet Wes. He has been fighting this awful battle way too long. He is such a strong fighter! He is so precious to his family and friends. Our prayers go up for you many times a day! Keep fighting Wes!
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Sep 15, 2015
Melinda Carmony 180 points
Wes is such an amazing little boy! You are always in my prayers!  Keep up the good work,  Krista!!   Would love to see you and your family on Ellen.  She sure could help you spread the word for childhood cancer.  :)
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Sep 18, 2015
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Sep 27, 2015