Georgia Wingate Thompson

Kleberg County Correspondent

KINGSVILLE - Myles Bollom's dad said he wasn't sure his five-year-old son knew what to expect during the Pilot for a Day program, but felt that his son was somewhat overwhelmed and enjoyed his time at Naval Air Station-Kingsville.

"We told him it would be what his uncle, a pilot, did," said Jeff Bollom. "Myles was shy when we got here but he got over that and just loved it!"

Young Myles, a kindergarten student at Lamar School, is a patient at Driscoll Children's Hospital undergoing treatment in the Oncology and Hematology departments.

His mother, Melody, said her oldest son is doing well and has about 1-1/2 years left of his four year chemo program to finish. She explained that Myles had setbacks in the beginning of his chemo and has also endured 40-something spinal taps and had 25 blood transfusions, too. Melody said she doubted if most of the children he attends school with have any idea what her son has gone through.

"There were about three months where he couldn't walk due to an infection and he had no muscle reflex," said Melody. "But he looks like a normal kid now—he's getting his hair back."

Recently she said the family learned that there could be future side-effects due to the chemotherapy treatments at his young age and ticked off a list of ailments including high blood pressure and the possible return of the cancer.

"It is all somewhat unknown and something to look forward to," said Melody. "But he's still here to have another Thanksgiving Day together and we are thankful for that."