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The Story of Patito: Club Santos calling on fans to help with life saving transplant for young club ambassador

26 de Enero del 2018 9:30 am.

Club Santos Laguna is calling on its vast network of fans and affiliates nationally and internationally to help its young Padrino, Patricio Saenz, obtain a life-saving bone marrow transplant.

Patricio was the young “Padrino” for the 2015 Apertura tournament, where through the club’s social responsibility program Guerreros de Corazon, he was able to live the unique experience of representing Club Santos throughout the entire 2015 Apertura as an ambassador for the team, accompanying players on special visits and initiating Liga MX protocol on gamedays, among other activities. He quickly won the hearts of players, coaches, staff and fans with his cheerful demeanor and positive attitude, exemplifying the true spirit of a warrior who never surrenders.

He was first diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on January 18, 2013 at age four.

His first series of chemotherapy treatments were initially deemed successful, but on October 17, 2014, he experienced his first relapse, where cancer cells were detected in his central nervous system. He continued to undergo chemotherapy and marrow tests for two years before experiencing another relapse, forcing him to try radiation in addition to more chemotherapy.

On June 14, 2017, it was determined that “Patito” was in full remission. He kept to his strict schedule of monthly doctor visits to monitor his health, however, he relapsed for the third time, four months later, in October 2017.

After spending more than half of his young life in and out of hospitals, his body won’t tolerate any more chemotherapy or radiation and his only remaining  option is to undergo a bone marrow transplant, which will cost the Saenz family approximately two million pesos, or just over $50,000 USD.

Current and former players from Santos Laguna – including Mexico international Nestor Araujo, who has become close to the young boy since 2015 -  have initiated an auction of ítems from signed jerseys and cleats to photos and other collectable ítems of value to raise money. A portion of ticket sales from Santos’ week three game against Morelia were also donated, and bank accounts have been established in Mexico and the United States where the general public can donate money to help the family achieve their goal as quickly as possible.

All residents who wish to donate and reside in the United States can do so through Go Fund Me, which has a special page set up for Patricio and can be accessed easily here:  https://www.gofundme.com/por-amor-a-ti-patricio.

The club is soliciting support for Patricio in an act of union and solidarity among its fans, industry professionals and the general public, in accordance with Santos Laguna’s motto of “Ganar Sirviendo Es La Única Opción “ – “to win by serving is our only option.”