Back in 2017, little Oskar, now five-years-old, of Fargo was having night sweats and was in and out of the walk-in clinic. After dealing with a cold that refused to go away and leg pain that progressively worsened, Oskar and his family made one more trip to the walk-in. Little did they know, this trip would change their lives. Within 15 minutes of doing bloodwork, Oskar was rushed to Sanford Children’s Hospital in Fargo. On November 6th, 2017, Oskar was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) with JAK-2 mutation.
Oskar's treatment plan is expected to last 3 ½ years. He currently has one year remaining of his treatment. Like other children going through chemotherapy, he is immunocompromised, meaning he has a weakened immune system. For Oskar, this resulted in his toughest obstacle that he’s faced during treatment when he developed shingles. Aside from a few other minor speed bumps along the way, Oskar is doing great. He is ready for summer, but maybe even more excited to begin kindergarten in the fall of this year! Oskar is a huge Star Wars fanatic. He is the sweetest little boy, but when it comes to Star Wars he actually prefers the Dark Side. Lucky for the future however, Oskar wants to join the good guys and become a doctor! He may have a little motivation because he wants to work alongside his favorite nurse, Sam.