Memorial Ride to Honor Valencia High School Football Player Who Died of Leukemia

In loving memory of Pedro “Javi” Roman, a Valencia High School student who battled leukemia for two years, Santa Clarita’s Studio 7 Foundation has planned a memorial ride almost exactly one year after the 17-year-old passed away. years in 2021.

Described as “a true warrior and fighter” by family friend Alana Altmeyer, Javi has not only touched the lives of his loved ones, but will continue to impact lives with the “Studio 7 Foundation”, an organization created in his memory, aimed at helping children diagnosed with leukemia.

“He was one in a million kids,” Altmeyer said. “He looked and all like a cool kid, but inside he was the most genuine and compassionate person ever. Even when he was fighting for his life, he was texting and telling people how bad he felt for the other kids in the hospital. He was an incredible soul.

The holder of the No. 21 Valencia High School football jersey died on February 1, 2021, and the Studio 7 Foundation is hosting a memorial ride just one year after his passing, according to Altmeyer.

The parade-style ride is expected to leave the Santa Clarita Harley Davidson at 9 a.m. on January 30, past the hospital where Javi died, to the historic 49ER Saloon in Acton, where food, drink , live music and vendor booths are expected to be present, according to organizers.

“I don’t know if that helps, but I try to get all the kids involved,” Altmeyer said. “I’m just doing it for an amazing kid who should have lived and should have been here. I just want to make him proud.

To find out more and book a ticket, click on here.

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“Javi was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2019,” Altmeyer said. “No one was prepared for the two-year journey ahead of us.”

Javi went in and out of remission in a two-year battle with leukemia that left the community rallying in support, officials said.

From the early days of Javi’s fight, Altmeyer, the mother of Javi’s high school friend, took the initiative to tell friends about his status and ask for donations, allowing parents to focus on recovery. hopeful of their 17-year-old.

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Throughout Javi’s treatment, the community has come together to support the Valencia High School football player undergoing chemotherapy by showing up at games with banners and jerseys in his honor, while also contributing to fundraisers. of meals and a GoFundMe for Javi’s family.

“And when his cancer returned and Roman succumbed to his cancer on February 1, hundreds of classmates, teammates and community supporters showed up at his wake,” read a statement from the Studio 7 Foundation. “Those who attended brought purple glow sticks – a tribute to his school colors and his time as a No. 21 while playing Viking football.”

The Studio 7 Foundation, inspired by Javi’s journey and developed by Altmeyer, aims to help families whose children have been diagnosed with leukemia.

“Parents should be able to focus on their child and not the financial stress during their fight,” Altmeyer said. “We will also focus on the long-term effect and the mental health of a family who has suffered a loss.”

Altmeyer’s biggest goal is for Leukemia Awareness Month in September to feel the same love and support as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October with orange items lining the shelves of local stores to support those fighting leukemia.

“I will be running the memorial ride and blood drive for Javi for as long as possible and I hope my children will continue to do so after me,” Altmeyer said.

To make a donation to the Studio 7 Foundation, click on here.

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