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Family rallies to help their hero meet his superhero
Neuroblastoma is a form of cancer that most often begins during early childhood, usually in children younger than 5 years. Signs of neuroblastoma include:
• Lump in abdomen, neck, or chest
• Bulging eyes
• Dark circles around eyes
• Bone pain
• Swollen stomach and trouble breathing in infants
• Painless, bluish lumps under the skin in infants
• Weakness or paralysis
CORRECTION: In Sunday's story "Will sick hero meet his superhero?" Timothy's last name was incorrectly identified. His name is Timothy Davis.
VICTORVILLE • One look at 4-year-old Timothy "Timo" Ramos' room makes it obvious that he is obsessed with superheroes.
To his friends and family, though, Timo Ramos’ determination through a year-long fight against Stage 4 neuroblastoma makes him the real hero.
Timo’s sister Mina Ramos, 18, describes her baby brother as having a personality bigger than his young age.
“He will make you fall in love with him,” Mina Ramos explained.
A few weeks ago, Mina Ramos asked her brother what he wanted for Christmas, expecting him to mention a toy or a game.
Instead, Timo Ramos told his sister that he wanted to meet Spiderman, making it clear that he wanted to meet actor Tobey Maguire, not just anyone in a Spiderman costume.
This request comes at the end of a long year of battling cancer for Timo Ramos, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma on Dec. 28, 2011.
Spending only approximately one month at home, Timo Ramos has been in the hospital for most of the last year, where he has undergone seven rounds of chemotherapy, unsuccessful bone marrow transplant and most recently two hours of non-stop radiation.
While Timo Ramos was out of the hospital earlier this week, he fell on Friday and broke his femur, and is now back in the hospital in a full body cast from the waist down.
As the youngest of 11 children, Timo Ramos is the much-beloved baby of the Ramos family. In early January, the family will receive results from the radiation treatment. If it was not successful, this might be Timo Ramos’ last Christmas.
“He’s my hero. He deserves to meet his hero so let’s make it happen,” Mina Ramos said. “We’re all getting together to make his dream happen.”
Mina Ramos is using social media to spread word about her brother’s wish and to reach out to Maguire.
Earlier this week, she created a Twitter “@TobeyforTimo” and family, friends and the wider High Desert community have been tweeting at celebrities and retweeting messages about and pictures of Timo Ramos to spread his story and get Maguire’s attention.
Whether or not Timo Ramos meets his superhero, and regardless of the tests results in January, Mina Ramos says that her brother is forever a fighter. Mina Ramos is inspired by his determination, remembering one particular incident when their mother was discouraged about his treatment.
“Mom, don’t give up,” Timo Ramos told her. “I’m still fighting.”
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