Nearly $300k raised to treat BC newborn with extremely rare form of cancer

Feb 25 2021, 5:31 pm

A newborn baby in British Columbia has been diagnosed with an aggressive and rare form of cancer.

Now, a GoFundMe is looking to raise money to fund clinical trials and potential treatment — and at the time of writing Thursday, it’s raised nearly $300,000.

Erin and Frederico Angel gave birth to their firstborn son, Alejo Angel, on January 20. Within the first week of his birth they noticed a little lump on his leg and tests at the BC Children’s Hospital confirmed that Alejo Angel had a form of cancer.

“Alejo has been diagnosed with cancer known as a malignant rhabdoid tumour with SMARCB1 mutation on chromosome 22,” the GoFundMe page explains. ”

This protein is in charge of tumour suppression and, without it, the body can’t suppress tumour growth.”

The form of cancer is extremely rare, with only nine previously recorded cases in the world. And with Alejo Angel being just over three weeks old, he’s unable to safely receive standard cancer treatments at this time.

“The Angel Family is currently seeking help from medical professionals worldwide to aid Alejo with his fight against this terrible and rare cancer,” writes the organizer of the GoFundMe.

The money raised will also be used to fund clinical trials for ongoing cancer research.

A brewery in North Vancouver is also helping to raise money. North Point Brewing recently announced that they had launched “Alejo’s IPA,” which will send a portion of proceeds to the Angel family.

“This little guy is in need of all the positive vibes and love we can give him,” writes North Point Brewing in an Instagram post. “Alejo is a fighter, and he’s got an army of love and strength standing behind him in his fight!”

At the time of writing, the fundraiser has amounted $282,943 of its $500,000 goal.

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