Sara Pacheco, Burkitt’s Lymphoma

3 Years Old at Diagnosis

Sara PachecoSara Pacheco was just three years old in 2008 when she was diagnosed with Stage III Burkitt’s lymphoma, an aggressive type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Despite the odds, Sara proved her fighting spirit as she underwent 11 rounds of chemotherapy in just six months at Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin, TX.

During this time, her mom, Lisa, learned from doctors that CureSearch for Children’s Cancer was a resource for information and answers to questions about what to expect. Grateful for her daughter’s successful treatment, Lisa wanted to do something to give back. So, she and her family supported a virtual CureSearch Walk several years ago in Austin. Still, Lisa wanted to do more. When she learned that a “live” CureSearch Walk was coming to Austin, Lisa immediately signed up to help and became an active committee member, helping to organize the September, 2010 event.

In 2009, Sara started kindergarten. Learning of her brave battle against cancer, it wasn’t long before her new school, the Primrose School of Bee Cave, formed a CureSearch Walk team called the Primrose Pacers. In 2010, the Primrose Pacers made CureSearch the beneficiary of their annual Spring Fling and are planning to continue this tradition again in 2011.

Sara is now seven years old and active in karate. Lisa says that Sara is as spunky and competitive as ever. “She’s doing great! We will celebrate three years off treatment in October, 2011.”

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