Marco had a year of scans, treatments and biopsies before Stanford doctors were able to diagnose a young Los Banos boy with a rare type of bone-and-organ cancer. Marco was diagnosed with Langerhans cell hystocytosis, a rare type of cancer that damages tissue and causes painful lesions in the body
Marco Alvarez II spent months wearing a neck brace to protect his fragile bones, and endured pain that kept him up at night. He spent more than a year away from his family home. His mom said that he would cry himeself to sleep at times.
Marco learned he’ll be going to Disneyland, a trip made possible by the Make-A-Wish Foundation
From Make-A-Wish, Marco received a “Star Wars” backpack filled with snacks, two Mickey Mouse dolls, a Mickey Mouse pajama set and a Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer hat.
Marco told the Merced Sun-Star he wanted to go to Disneyland because “it’s really fun and we haven’t been there.”
Marco said he likes all the characters, especially those from the “Cars” movies. Marco said he looks forward to going with his parents and four siblings.
On the five-day trip, set to start Nov. 16, the Alvarez family will also visit Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farm, the Knights of the Round Table and have breakfast at Goofy’s Kitchen.
The family looks forward to having Marco enjoy Disneyland.