WILSONVILLE, Ore. – The Catalan family’s world seemingly shattered in just one day.
Their son, Estevan, was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer so rare that doctors know almost nothing about it.
“One of the doctors told us there’s little to no hope,” said Estevan’s father Gonzalo Catalan. “They told us it could be weeks, to months, to maybe a year.”
Estevan has to wear an eye patch to keep from seeing double.
“Only 20 kids in America were sick like me,” said Estevan.
Estevan’s cancer wasn’t the only bad news the family received on Tuesday. The family was given a notice that they were being evicted from their home.
“We didn’t know what we were going to do,” said Gonzalo Catalan, who has been out of work for several months.
That’s when neighbors came up with a plan to help the Catalan family. Tim Alexander helped raise thousands of dollars to keep the Catalans in their home for at least six more months.
“I literally went door to door and knocked on every single door here and spread the word,” said Alexander.
Neighbors also called Portland General Electric and got them to waive the family’s power bill for a few months.
They also set up a support website for Estevan where people can donate to the family.
“Being able to keep Estevan with his friends and his family, the people he knows, the home where he’s been, and not change things for him right now I thought were especially important,” said Yesenia Catalan, Estevan’s mother.
"People do care when times matter," said Gonzalo Catalan.