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Rogue Valley Child in Fourth Cancer Fight

A Rogue Valley boy who is fighting cancer for a fourth time is being adopted as a Sparrow for the second time.

Posted: Nov. 30, 2016 9:11 AM
Updated: Oct. 19, 2017 1:32 PM

EAGLE POINT, Ore. -- A Rogue Valley boy who is fighting cancer for a fourth time is being adopted as a Sparrow for the second time.

Eagle Point High School adopted 9-year-old Jorge Machain this month. His life has not been easy. He had to have surgery as an infant because his intestines were outside of his body.

When he was 5 years old, he was diagnosed with liver cancer. That same fall, he was diagnosed with cancer again - this time in the bowel. He was diagnosed again with cancer in 2014 and 2015.

 The last scans he had came back clear, but his family has seen positive signs before only to be followed by another cancer diagnosis.

"We hope this is for sure," Hernan Machain said.

What is for sure, is the support from Eagle Point High School students who just adopted Jorge as their Sparrow. 

To a crowd of students, Sparrow Clubs' Oregon Director, Matt Sampson said, "He's fighting cancer. Not for the first time, not for the second time, not for the third time. For the fourth time. This little boy - the last three years of his life have been consumed by this cancer battle."

Student Talisha Bullocks said, "It felt like i was part of something bigger."

Through Sparrow Clubs, students will earn money for Jorge by performing sponsored community service.

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