ABI’s next event will benefit two sisters, Estefania Munoz and Shania Munoz. Both sisters were diagnosed with Li-Fraumeni syndrome, which is a mutation in the TP53 gene and a tumor suppressor gene. Due to this syndrome, both sisters are vulnerable to both malignant and benign tumors forming.
Estefania is 8 years old and also has Jacoben Syndrome. At the age of 3 in 2014, she was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer of soft tissue. The cancer was found in her right upper back. Recently in August of 2017 at the age of 7, she was again diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma again in the same area. In August of 2018, she finished all treatment and had her port removed in January of 2019 putting her currently in remission.
Shania is 16 years old and at the age of 2, she was diagnosed also with Rhabdomysarcoma in her left upper back and had 1 rib removed in order to access the tumor. She finished her treatment at the age of 3 in 2006. In October 2018, two months after her sister finished her cancer treatments, Shania went in for her yearly MRI scan and the doctors found a new growth which appeared to be in the same previous cancer spot. On the 7th of November 2018, she had an operation in order to remove the new growth which resulted in having another rib removed and having a prosthetic rib put back in place. Six days later on the 13th of November 2018, Shania was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. Two days later on the 15th, she underwent surgery again to have a port placed to then begin chemotherapy treatments. Shania started chemotherapy on November 30th, 2018 and is expected to finish her chemo treatments in August of 2019.
All proceeds raised at ABI’s event for Shania and Estefania will go to them and their family to help with their medical expenses.