Courtesy photoDevyn Dao plays basketball for Lincoln High School in San Francisco.

Courtesy photoDevyn Dao plays basketball for Lincoln High School in San Francisco.

Examiner seeks support for employee’s sick son

Devyn Dao, a senior at Lincoln High School and son of longtime San Francisco Examiner pressman Tony Dao, is fighting for his life, and The Examiner is asking for the community’s support.

This past August, one week before beginning his senior year at Lincoln High, Devyn, 17, was diagnosed with Stage 3 Burkitt lymphoma B-cell. Burkitt lymphoma is an aggressive B-cell Non-Hogdkin's lymphoma that occurs in children and young adults far more commonly than in older adults.

Burkitt lymphoma is considered one of the fastest growing cancers — the number of tumor cells doubles every 24 hours. The treatments are usually very intense, with only a short interval between courses of chemotherapy, so that tumors will not regrow.

Devyn, who has played basketball since he was in fourth grade, hopes to graduate this year with his class while undergoing chemotherapy, and plans to return to the court as soon as he can.

Tony Dao has worked in The Examiner pressroom for 27 years.

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