With only 9 years, the boy Jean Lucas Paes Leme Jubé fought for six months with a rare and aggressive cancer, called Burkitt’s lymphoma. The disease affects the functions of your stomach, intestines and stomach. Due to the increase in symptoms, takes it a new and very important treatment in the US, called CAR-T Cell. But the family must run to collect the R$ 2 million needed, because, according to Jean’s mother, without care, the 30-day forecast will life.
“For the love of God, help us save Jean, he only has one month to live if he is not treated”, said his mother, Dayanne Jubé Cardoso, in the text created It is for one of the public that aims to collect the necessary resources for the trip and the treatment of the child in the USA, a country where the treatment called CAR-T Cell has been successfully used.
CAR-T Cell is the acronym used to designate the chimeric antigen receptor, in Portuguese. In other words, it is a type of immunotherapy that uses T lymphocytes, the cells of the body’s immune system.
The treatment involves removing, isolating and genetically modifying T lymphocytes so that they can detect cancer cells. Then, they are put back into the patient’s body with great force to kill the cancer cells.
Cell therapy or the use of the patient’s own cells to treat cancer is being used in several countries and is starting to be developed in Brazil. The difficulty is to overcome the operating costs that can reach R $ 2 million (US$ 400 thousand) per patient.
“There is no price in life. But in this case there is, and the price is R $ 2 million “, said Dayanne, saying, to help the boy, the family sold the apartment where where they live. in Goiânia and the same car. “It was worth the life of a little boy who was only 9 years old, and fought bravely for six months.”
The patient was diagnosed at the Barretos hospital
Jean lives in Goiânia (GO), with his parents and his younger brother, 5 years old. In March, he began to suffer from abdominal pain, and on examination, doctors discovered a “bulge” in his abdomen. He was then transferred to the oncology referral hospital in Barretos, where he was diagnosed with a biopsy.
“Our biggest problem of this life started on March 21. On that day, my son woke up with vomiting and stomach pain. He was taken to the hospital and three CT scans were done, blood tests and an MRI. Two days after these procedures. We got the result. Our best wishes did not come,” said the mother.
Since then, Jean and Dayanne have lived in Barretos, in a rented kitchen. His father and younger brother lived in Goiânia, and they visited him every weekend.
“On Sundays they always go back to Goiânia. Our hearts are filled, our family says love, separates the search for effort, work, resources in order to restore Jean’s health and return to life of our little boy is normal”, he said.
On the day they arrived at the referral hospital, Jean had a difficult operation to clear the stomach. Ever since he had surgery to collect the biopsy, he couldn’t have a bowel movement and therefore couldn’t eat. “There were days in this pain”, the mother remembers.
Since she was forced to use a colostomy bag and catheter, she lost 20 kilos. According to the family, six months after starting the fight against cancer, there is no chance to live for Jean in Brazil. Doctors decided on the possibility of more surgery and new chemotherapy protocols, to no avail. The cancer is not coming back. His only hope is to collect the necessary resources to flee to the US, where he can receive medical treatment.
All fundraising brings hope
The amount of money collected, through the website Vaquinha, GoFundMe and also pix, reached R $ 1.85 million yesterday, which filled the hearts of Jean’s family with hope.
Through a page created on Instagram, especially related to the struggle of the boy, famous people in football, influencers and music are helping Jean to achieve the goal of increasing the R $ 2 million needed.
The singer Zé Felipe, the former player Falcão and the country duo Jorge and Mateus, also shared the story of the boy, in order to receive donations to pay for the treatment. Journalist Leo Dias appealed to his followers.