Pedro's Story


On January 22nd, Pedro was diagnosed with t-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia and immediately started chemotherapy. Pedro is 5 years old and loves sports but one of his favorite sports are soccer and basketball. Since he was diagnosed, he hasn’t joined a team, but is hoping that he will be well enough to join in sports again soon. Every summer, he gets to be in different activities from soccer to swimming and basketball. He loves them all, but not this summer, the most challenging time he has ever had in his young life. Pedro has gone through intense chemotherapy and numerous transfusions and spinal tabs. His parents look forward to the day he can join a team with his little brothers with whom he is very close, but until then, he needs to keep pushing through treatment and hope that soon he can again play his favorite sports. His care team remark how Pedro always remains optimistic and smiling, even through periods when he is not feeling well and having to undergo intense treatments. He is one of our warrior Captains!

Pedro is a proud Dribble for the Cure captain.

UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital is pleased to join forces with the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) for the 11th Anniversary of the Dribble for the Cure event.