Dallas boy battling tumor continues to beat odds, make strides

Two years ago, a North Texas boy with a life-threatening condition showed FOX 4 his strong spirit. Now, he's beating the odds with that spirit on his journey to survive.

Israel Trevino has been battling a brain tumor for more than two years, but according to his mom, doctors say it's shrinking.

"This is going to be fine," said Trevino. "Just leave it all to God. Not just fear about it; just be peace. You don't have to worry about it."

When FOX 4 first met Trevino in 2012, he had gone through four surgeries. He had just enough strength for half-days at school.

Nowadays, the Dallas ISD Cowart Elementary fourth grader is gearing up for a low-key celebration -- his 10th birthday; a birthday that doctors were skeptical he would ever see.

There is a fan in his classroom as a precaution because becoming too hot or cold could send Israel into shock. He's also the only student allowed to ride the elevator, to minimize the risk of him falling on stairs.

Trevino's special friend and P.E. teacher, Coach Billy Smith, has been one of many praying for Israel.

"This young man, he's fighting and he's positive," said Smith. "And I think that's why he's doing really, really good, because in life, you have to be positive."

"I would like to say to all the people that prayed for me, thank you for praying for me, ‘cause that really got me happy, and I want to give a shout out to all the people that prayed for me," said Trevino.

Trevino's mom says he is quite shorter than his classmates because the tumor has stunted his growth.

She says if things continue favorably, his doctors will begin a treatment that will help to change that.

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