Man, 20, Who Was Family's Breadwinner Before Bone Cancer Diagnosis Gets Hospital Surprise
His family also received some much-needed items.
A 20-year-old man battling bone cancer has received some much-needed cheer at the California hospital where he's being treated.
Before Lester Pirir was diagnosed with the disease, he worked full-time as a chef, which allowed his mom to stay home to care for his younger sisters.
But in March, after going to see a doctor about pain in his legs, he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma.
His knee and lower leg had to be amputated, and he now moves around in a wheelchair. His illness also meant that his family had lost its main source of income.
“It felt like I hit rock bottom," he told CBS Los Angeles through tears. "I used be healthy. I used to go hiking and now I can barely do anything."
His hospital at UCLA Santa Monica worked with Target and a non-profit called Connecting a Caring Community to deliver him Christmas gifts.
"This really made my day," he said. "It made my Christmas."
He particularly loved a stuffed Santa toy, while his mother received a new bed, which the family had previously been unable to afford.
"It was a blessing," she said.
Pirir continues to undergo treatment and physical therapy, and he's vowed he will walk again.
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