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Moving Forward: Adolfo Sosa

Conquest - Spring 2007

By Gail Goodwin

Adolfo Sosa is a kid magnet. All the pediatric patients at M. D. Anderson love his teasing manner and look up to him. He gets a kick out of them and says it hurts to know that they are dealing with cancer.

Just a kid himself when he was diagnosed with leukemia, Sosa was at the start of his senior year in high school. His world of friends, classes and plans for college were put on hold.

Actually, Sosa thought he had it pretty easy — his treatment was “no big deal” and was over quickly. He made the most of the activities arranged by the Department of Pediatrics, was featured in a Children’s Art Project catalog, finished high school at M. D. Anderson and went back to his hometown school to walk across the stage with his class. He made plans to start college in the fall.

And then it started all over again.

Sosa was back at M. D. Anderson in the fall of 2003 for a bone marrow transplant with his younger brother Alex, a perfect match, playing hero for him. Now, the cancer is gone, although Sosa continues to deal with some lingering side effects.

A student at the University of Houston-Downtown, Sosa is studying business because “it offers lots of opportunity.” In his dreams, he’s the CEO of Pennzoil or maybe a sound engineer. In reality, he’s a student, a big brother, a little brother, a boyfriend, the praise and worship leader at his church and a sometimes sound technician for bands and other churches.

His spiritual faith allows him to keep his positive attitude. “That’s all you’ve got — that good attitude,” Sosa says. “Never think too far ahead, take life a day at a time, move step by step and you’ll make it.”

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