Cesar Munoz was 7 years old when he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma. After a fall on the field at school, his parents took him to the doctor fearing he had broken his leg. Instead, his diagnosis was cancer. His doctor suggested they seek treatment at the The Herman & Walter Samuelson Children's Hospital at Sinai. Both his parents spoke little English, so his older brother, Wesley – 11 at the time took over the scheduling of the appointments and talking with the doctors along with a medical interpreter. Drs. Joseph Wiley and Albert Aboulafia handled his care and his surgeries. Because of the size of Cesar’s tumor, he would need to have his leg amputated above his knee.
In all, Cesar has had three surgeries – one to remove the tumor, one to amputate his leg, and one to shave his bone after his amputation. Today, six years later, Cesar is a smiling, exuberant and strong 13 year-old who is looking forward to getting fitted for his next prosthetic leg which will allow him to run again.
The Munoz family is grateful for the care he received at Sinai’s Herman and Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital. They would like to thank all of the doctors and nurses who took care of him, and have stayed with him throughout the years as he continues his care. The staff at Sinai has taken a great interest in the entire family and has made them all feel a part of the process. They are especially grateful for the care of Mary Bohlen, the Pediatric Social Worker, who meets with them consistently when Cesar comes in for appointments and treatments.
Cesar encourages all the other kids going through treatment to stay happy and positive, and to believe that everything will turn out well in the end. He is getting ready to apply to Gilman for High School, and looks forward to learning the application process. Ultimately, it is his goal to be a Senior Design Architect. His mother, Beatriz, beams with pride when she says her son is now cancer free. He continues to go for scans on a yearly basis, but she and her husband are so grateful for the care the Sinai Pediatric team dedicated to her son and her family. Through the family’s tough times over the years the team has treated them with compassion, dedication and professionalism. To look at Cesar, you would never know the struggles he endured at such a young age – he is truly a young man destined for greatness, and it starts with his smile and positive attitude.