Filipino family in Canada remembers son who died from neuroblastoma

Jerylle Saquibal passed away after more than five years after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Via @ArleneChavez

A Filipino family from Calgary, Alberta is remembering their son who died after more than five years after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancer that develops from immature nerve cells in different parts of the body. The young boy was just nine years old.


Jerylle Saquibal died on March 12, 2020 after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was just three years old.

Neuroblastoma is a cancer that affects immature or developing cells. This particular type of cancer usually occurs in infants and young children. This type of cancer is very rare in children older than 10 years old.

Jerylle’s family is honouring his memory with an online tribute they are calling Jerylle’s Gift of Joy.

Jerylle’s father, Jorez Saquibal, spoke with CTV News, telling them that his son always wanted to help others.

“In one of his little notes in his little memory box was to be nice to people,” Jorez told CTV News.


Jerylle’s mother, Arlene Chavez, wants to keep her son’s spirit alive through the campaign, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through the campaign, Jerylle’s parents want to reach to as many people in need as they can.

“Just for them to know that there are people out there that would help,” Arlene told CTV News.

Jerylle’s sister Alexis Saquibal, remembers her brother, saying that she misses her brother.

“We would fight a lot but we would always end up being best friends after that,” Alexis told CTV News.

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