K&C - Jack Salay, 4, hepatoblastoma, Shrewsbury with his parents, Brenna and Brian, and sister, Clara, with Dr. Allison O'Neill, pediatric oncology, Dana-Farber 8-22-18

WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon
Wednesday, August 22nd
In July 2016, Jack had been complaining of a stomach ache and was feverish. His mother, Brenna, took him to the pediatrician to be examined and hopefully receive a prescription.

The doctor felt Jack’s stomach and noticed a mass. He was immediately sent in for x-rays and then to the ER. Brenna initially thought that Jack had appendicitis. After undergoing CT scans, doctors informed Jack and his mother that he had tumors on his liver. He was diagnosed with Stage III hepatoblastoma.

Jack has since undergone 6 rounds of chemotherapy. In October 2016, he received a liver transplant.

Jack is being treated by Dr. O’Neill, who Jack says is always upbeat and positive. Dr. O’Neill always manages to put a smile on Jack’s face and answers all questions with honesty and care. She is not only comforting for Jack, and also for his parents.

Jack has a little sister, Clara, 2.

While not at preschool, Jack loves to go to the playground, ride bikes, color, read, and learn about the solar system.
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Up to a third of patients cannot have their children intersected when they first come to attention when they first present at the clinic doctors. Often every time the chemotherapy shrinks tumors substantial enough that he can take a piece of the letter. But in Jack's cases like Brendan had said he had what's called multi focal pat last on the so is the tumor had kind of baby tumors spread throughout the letter. Which of course makes taking a piece of the that are extremely challenging that he needed somebody else's whether he needed at a brand new effort to replace the one that. And was riddled team. That's why he knew that sounds frightening to me but it you say like it's you know just another day at the office for you. It is it's or it's not a smile Deion can't restrict access to. Sabathia and no it's not tree on my thing Adam I think we think about it often writing the gift of organ donation place. Incredible gift and I think as recipients I'm Jack isn't. You. 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