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Pyro Pinon (2003-2006) January 15, 2007

Posted by benj in Medicine.

The fact that GMA 7 was showing his dream encounter with wrestler Batista couldn’t have been good news. True enough, Pyro passed away last December 27 shortly after struggling to cope with his chemotherapy. The kid has been in an uphill climb against a mediastinal germ cell tumor for over a year. His remarkable story has been chronicled by his concerned aunt and several other bloggers and yours truly. It’s a sad story, but Pyro fought hard and fought a very good fight. He pushed on with life even if the odds were against him – thanks in large part to his parents and extended family who never waned in their support.

Goodbye, Pyro. You fought well. Batista would’ve been proud.

Blogging for Pyro October 5, 2006

Posted by benj in Medicine.

This is Pyro. He is barely three years old but he has been fighting a battle that most of us have not even considered fighting. This kid has germ cell carcinoma and it has already metastasized to part of his lungs. The condition was diagnosed a bit late due to the inability of his pediatrician to even diagnose any pathology when it was clear that the boy was already having chest retractions to breathe. How can someone miss signs of effusion? You tell me.

So there, let’s all be reminded of Pyro’s fight to inspire us in our own battles. The boy has put up a brave face and we have just run out of excuses.

Pyro also wants to meet Batista in person, so if you could pull a couple of strings, please do so.

More information on Mediastinal Germ Cell Tumors.

Killing in the name of PHARMA July 24, 2006

Posted by benj in Medicine.