Joseph Tagaban, in the hospital in Seattle. (Photo courtesy of Je Tagaban)

Petersburg resident Joseph Tagaban, who is fifteen years old, has been in and out of cancer treatment for two years. He’s now in remission and received a stem-cell transplant in December in Seattle to help protect his health. The family is waiting for his neutrophil counts to be high enough for him to leave the hospital. Neutrophils are a type of white blood cell that help our bodies heal and fight infections. 

Joseph’s mother, Je Tagaban has been staying with him in Seattle while his father Eddie visits regularly from Petersburg where he works. 

KFSK’s Rachel Cassandra spoke with Joseph and his mother, Je Tagaban on the phone for an update on Joseph’s recovery. Joseph says he’s doing well.