Isaac Ponce, an AHS sophomore, is a fortunate young man.
Isaac was diagnosed in April 2018 with desmoplatic medulla blastoma– a brain tumor.
He had surgery for removal of the tumor, has undergone radiation (proton therapy), and endured months of chemotherapy, all in an effort to prevent the tumor from recurring.
“His doctors feel that they got all of the tumor when they operated,” said his mother, Wendy. “They felt that with the treatment, there is an excellent chance that it won’t come back.”
Isaac first started showing signs of illness in February 2018.
“He kept throwing up for three or four days, then he’d be fine for three or four days, and it would start all over,” Wendy said.
“It wasn’t until April of last year, while we were at the doctor’s office (where they were looking for a stomach ailment), that he complained about how bad his head hurt.
“They did an MRI and saw a tumor. We didn’t know it was cancer until after they had removed it.”
After his tumor was removed on April 26, 2018, Isaac had about a month off before he started radiation therapy at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
He spent 45 days there, then had about a month at home before he started chemotherapy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus.
He travels there once every three months for treatment, and is scheduled to finish his treatment regimen on July 5.
As a patient at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Isaac’s social worker told his family that he would be eligible for the Make-A-Wish program.
Make-a-Wish is a charitable organization that, according to its website, “seeks to make life better for critically ill children by granting wishes. Make-A-Wish serves a unique, and vital, role in helping strengthen and empower children battling critical illnesses.”
The program serves children ages 2-18 who have life-threatening diagnoses.
Isaac’s brain tumor qualified.
A party was held for Isaac, Sunday, May 26, at the Community Health Professionals offices in Archbold, with Isaac as the guest of honor.
Make-A-Wish presented him with a new gaming computer.
“He didn’t want a trip, because that would only be for a short time,” Wendy said.
“He wanted something that he could use for a long time.”
Steve Ponce, Isaac’s father, said the family wanted to recognize the Archbold and Ridgeville Corners communities for their support.
He also recognized Beth Voll, AHS band director.
“She had a fundraiser for us, and she has had the kids in her classes make cards for Isaac,” Wendy said.
“Everyone has been so kind,” Steve said.
Information posted on an Isaac family social media website states results from Isaac’s most recent medical tests have been good.
He and his family are seeing a bright light at the end of their tunnel, and that light is Isaac’s future.