10-Year-Old Cancer Patient Walla Walla Dreams of Hawaii Beach | Etc


Walla Walla cancer warrior Destiny Lara dreams of going to Kona, Hawaii.

Walla Wallan, 10, was diagnosed in the spring with grade 4 germ cell brain cancer.

Usually cancerous, these types of brain tumors arise in the pineal or suprasellar region of the brain.

The National Library of Medicine reports that the pineal gland and suprasellar region are the most common sites of central nervous system involvement.

The pineal gland is located deep in the region of the epithalamus, where the two halves of the brain come together. In humans, this is located in the middle of the brain in a groove just above the thalamus, an area that coordinates a variety of functions related to the human senses.

Fate is drawn to the Big Island in the area famous for Kona coffee, gorgeous beaches, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, diving, sailing, dolphin and Hawaiian green sea turtle watching, and the swim with manta rays.

Her seaside wish caught the attention of the California campaign nonprofit One At A Time, which launched a fundraising campaign for her.

COAAT strives to ensure that “no child with a serious illness ever feels alone”. The organization benefits 864 children and their families nationwide, according to the website.

They fund dream trips, activities and experiences, a family enrichment program, Warrior Boxes and meals, and provide financial assistance to families going through extreme financial hardship due to a child relapse, end-of-life treatment, bereavement or other extreme difficulty.

“Before the diagnosis, Destiny was once very social. She loved to go fishing, swimming, biking, taking walks and doing just about anything outdoors,” said her sister, Crystal Madrigal.

“For the past year she has been very lethargic and it was very upsetting to see that she no longer had the energy to do everything she loved. She stopped wanting to go to game rooms, cinemas , zoos and all the places she once loved. Slowly but surely she is starting to regain her energy, but some days aren’t as good as others.

The family received the heartbreaking news of Destiny’s 5.2cm brain tumor – the size of a lime – on April 25, 2022.

They discovered him the day after his 10th birthday when he was 3.5 hours away from home for his birthday weekend.

“It was a birthday that we will never forget, in a sad way. It felt like a horrible time because everything was starting to make sense…his lethargy on his birthday made a lot of sense…the tumor didn’t make sense to him. didn’t allow her to enjoy it. She slept 70% of her birthday at Triple Play Fun Park in Hayden Lake, Idaho,” Madrigal said.

“No parent is ever prepared to be told their child has a grade four brain tumour.”

Although miles apart, her family has regularly joined in FaceTime/video chats to support Destiny on this journey.

Destiny misses her family and her two dogs at home while receiving treatment in Seattle.

“Destiny has missed time with family, the outdoors, school, friends and people. Because her immune system is so weak, she can’t be around too many people or go to very many places. like she used to. And she’s still getting used to not having her long hair,” Madrigal said.

Destiny has never been on a beach, which makes Kona and Hawaii an incredible opportunity. “She says she even wants to learn how to hula.”

The trip would also be special for another reason.

“Our family is quite large – seven kids – so we’ve never had the chance to really travel together. Destiny would like to take a family trip in her honor,” Madrigal said.

To contribute to the Destiny Dream, visit campaignoaat.org/destinysjourney.

Annie Charnley Eveland is retired from the Union-Bulletin as editor, columnist and reporter for 42 years. A freelance writer, she runs the Etcetera section at UB. Send news with contact name and daytime phone number to [email protected] or call 509-386-7369.


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