Born in Queens, N.Y., Angel and his three siblings moved to Greensboro with their mother, Shellbe in pursuit of a quieter environment. Just a little while after moving down south, the normally energetic Angel began suffering from fevers, complained of pains in his feet, and there were strange “bumps” on his body. Shellbe originally thought they were mosquito bites.
In October of 2016, doctors at Brenner Children's Hospital diagnosed Angel with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. “I knew that life would never be the same,” said Shellbe, a single mother who has no family in the NC area. “I knew that ... the journey was just turning, you know, into something totally different for me and my four children.”
If you'd walked into Angel’s hospital room during one of his many chemo infusions, you might confuse it for a dance party. His siblings would be laughing and joking, keeping the energy high and his spirits up. Seemingly unfazed by his medicine, Angel brought a never-ending, tenacious energy that made his polar bear choice even more fitting.
In January, 2020, after three years of treatment, Angel was declared No Evidence of Disease!! Back to his energetic ways, Angel loves to play basketball and follow his favorite stars.