Boy braves battle with childhood cancer


Maria Munoz vividly remembers the day last September when her 11-year-old son Cristian was injured playing football with his friends.

He accidentally fell after jumping to catch a ball. On impact, Cristian felt intense stomach pain and knew something wasn’t right. He called his mom, who raced to pick him up. Later that evening, Cristian ended up in the Kaiser Permanente Antioch Medical Center, where doctors soon determined he had a common form of childhood kidney cancer known as Wilms’ tumor. The impact of the football injury ripped the tumor and caused Cristian’s excruciating pain. Munoz said she will be forever grateful for that fall.

“We are very grateful for God and life, and another chance,” Munoz said. “I thank God every day for Cristian’s fall, because that’s how we found what he had. If it wasn’t for the fall, who knows how far it would have gotten before we found it, maybe till there was nothing anyone could do.”


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