By Nick Sestanovich
Benicia Middle School will be partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive Saturday for two children who have battled cancer in the past year, one a BMS student and the other the son of one of its administrators.
In September 2015, Sage Nelson, a second-grader at Matthew Turner Elementary, was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma, an aggressive B-cell lymphoma which was discovered on Sage’s tonsil. Sage’s mother Maya is a vice principal at BMS, and his father Cliff is an English teacher at Liberty High School.
Shortly thereafter, 14-year-old Ruby Goshert was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, an extremely rare form of cancer that has had fewer than 1,000 cases per year and mainly attacks bones and soft tissue.
Maya says her son finished his immune treatments in November and mostly does monthly checkups now.“His immune system is almost back to normal,” she said.