My name is Aida L. Arroyo and my family and I will be walking this year to honor our angel Kelvin Arroyo. Kelvin was diagnosed with T-Cell/Histiocyte-Rich Large B Cell Lymphoma on his 23rd birthday January, 09, 2019. We were all shocked because Kelvin never got sick. We were all optimistic and we were determined to beat cancer's ass.
Kelvin was a sweet young man with a smile of gold and a laughter that was so contagious. In school he was the class clown and he was loved by so many. He loved to play games on his PlayStation, and his X-Box and work and make money. He worked for a medical device manufacturing company called Cogmedix - Coughlin Companies in West Boylston, MA. He loved his job and everyone that he worked with. When he wasn't working he loved to hang out with his friends and just play basketball and video games. Kelvin had so many friends but his best friend was his sister Cristaliz Arroyo whom which he shared an apartment with until he was diagnosed with cancer. Kelvin was loved by everyone he encountered. His Oncologist and his team were the best. They not only took care of my son but they made sure that we were taken care of as well. Dana Farber became our family from the Oncologist, to the Nurses, to the Social Worker's. They were always with us every step of the way.
Kelvin never complained and he was so strong and brave through it all. He always told me, Mom don't worry we are going to take this one day at a time. We spent many days on end and months at a time during various hospital visits. He had a total of eight surgeries, including a colostomy, he ended up intubated in ICU and against all odds he kept on fighting. Chemo worked for him in the beginning and we were sure he would come out triumphant but it damaged his heart causing him to be in Congestive Heart Failure. His heart was only working at 15% and chemo had to be stopped immediately. After being months in the hospital he was able to go home for a week but just to return back to the hospital. He was then started on immunotherapy but the cancer just metastasized every where.
On September, 13. 2019 we were given the devastating news that there was nothing else they could do medically to help Kelvin. We went home with Hospice and Kelvin passed away on October 02, 2019 surrounded by lots of friends and family.
I spent every day with my son since he was diagnosed day and night up until he took his last breath. I walk to honor my son and my family will walk to honor him also. We walk to give back to Dana Farber and all the families that have to go through what we went through. We walk for a cure........
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