A Robstown youth diagnosed with cancer last year has returned to school after being informed by his doctors that his cancer has gone into remission, his mother said Tuesday.
Marisela Perez, Adam's mother, said he completed his final round of chemotherapy treatments last month after a lengthy battle with cancer. Adam's doctors informed her of the news after his treatments were finished, she said.
It was a welcome bit of news for Marisela, particularly since she lost her mother last month.
"I wanted to cry because it was good news that I needed from (the doctors)," she said. "I've been going through so much lately, because my mom just passed away. She didn't get to see (Adam) and he didn't get to see her…but she is still in our hearts."
Marisela said Adam would still be receiving shots weekly for a year, as well as continuing to undergo physical therapy to help him get his immune system and strength back up.
"I'm still here, being strong for him," she said. "He was excited that he didn't need to come anymore for his treatments. He's been doing everything by himself, so he's doing really good."
Adam was a fourth-grade student at Hattie Martin Elementary School when he was diagnosed last year with cancer after being taken to the hospital for a leg injury. He later underwent a leg amputation in October to remove a cancerous growth in his left knee.
He now has a new prosthetic leg and has been undergoing physical therapy to learn how to walk properly with it, Marisela said. The family moved to Corpus Christi to be closer to Adam's hospital while he recovers, but he started his first day of school back at Menger Elementary School on Monday.
"He was so excited to go back to school," Marisela said.
Sybil Tipton, who visited with Adam over the Christmas holiday and has had her own struggles with cancer, said she was thrilled to hear Adam had recovered and was back at school.
"He's just near and dear to my heart because I've been through my own trials and tribulations with cancer," she said. "Once you have cancer, you fight it every day of your life, even if it's in remission. I'm excited and ecstatic for him. I'm so happy to hear the news. It did my heart a lot of good."