Los Banos high school senior battles Burkitt’s Lymphoma

On January 7, 2023 by Alexis E. Abbott, Correspondent
Weslee Allison holds a “Get Well Soon” banner filled with inspiring words from fellow Los Banos High School students, sent to him in September. Photos courtesy of Jjll Allison

To say that Weslee Allison has had a rough year is an understatement. Battling Burkitt Lymphoma, this football loving Los Banos High School student’s senior year had a scary start.

“This all started in June,” Weslee’s mother, Jill Allison, shared, “He just kept complaining, ‘Mom, my head hurts. I just don’t feel right.’”

After several hospital and emergency room visits, all Weslee was diagnosed with was sinus infections and given antibiotics. Finally, in August, the ER recommended a hospital referral.

Within a week, Weslee was seen at Stanford hospital in the Bay Area where his results were sent. Sunday night, August 28th at 9 pm, after a two-hour trip home, Jill got the call from Stanford that Weslee needed to begin chemotherapy immediately.

Weslee (18) with his siblings Kylee (23) and Shaun (13).

“The doctor told me that Burkitt’s Lymphoma is extremely aggressive, so they have to act just as aggressively. As soon as Weslee is feeling a bit better, they hit him with another round of chemo,” Jill shared.

Since August 29th, Weslee has undergone five separate rounds of chemotherapy where Jill has seen the cancer “just melt away.”

“I could not be more thankful to our Home and Hospital teacher, Meghan Souza, and the doctors at Stanford. They’re always there to let you know they are there,” Jill continued.

The doctors at Stanford hope to have her son back to school and in recovery by prom.

After graduation, Weslee looks forward to a future as a mechanic.

“He wants to go to UTI in Sacramento to learn mechanics, welding, and customization… anything to do with cars. He absolutely loves cars,” said Jill.

Official  flyer for the Los Banos High School dinner drive-through fundraiser.

If you would like to help, visit Weslee’s GoFundMe account at https://gofund.me/b2858055 entitled, “Help Weslee Beat Burkitt’s Lymphoma (Cancer)”.

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