Galindos staring down Krabbe

Marcus’ whirlwind school year ends on superb note

Kimberly Rubio

Assistant editor

Marcus Galindo, 9, returned to La Pryor Elementary in November of 2017 after a 15-month hiatus from school. In six months, Marcus, who was diagnosed with Krabbe disease in July of 2016, caught up on his school work, passed the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness exams, and was promoted to the fourth grade.

Marcus will return to school in August. After he turns 10, he will undergo foot surgery to correct his walking.

“He completed third grade and passed his STAAR tests. We are extremely proud of him, as he worked extremely hard to catch up after being out of school,” said Blanca McHazlett, Marcus’ paternal grandmother.

After 15 months of treatment at The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Marcus – and his 7-year-old sister Mariah Galindo – returned to Texas just before Thanksgiving 2017 via a private plane.


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