Scott Thomas Lala was born on October 12, 1978. Scott was a beautiful baby and, by the time he was three, he was convinced he was Superman. He loved to dress up in an improvised Superman costume which started a long tradition of Superman gifts every year for Christmas.
Scott spent his childhood like most boys - playing sports, building forts in the vacant lot next door with his friends, riding bikes or just 'horsing' around. His teenage years gave his father and I a lot of gray hair, but when he finally grew up, we couldn't have been more proud. He decided he would study to become a physical therapist.
While he was in school studying for that profession, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). ALL is a type of leukemia that usually affects children up to the age of 14. This was rare for Scott to contract at the age of 27 and doctors immediately referred him to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston where he was rushed to ICU.
Scott's initial chemotherapy consisted of daily visits to the hospital which required him to live in Houston with a week long hospital stay every 21 days. After going in and out of remission, it was decided that Scott needed a stem cell transplant. Fortunately, his youngest sister, Wendy was a good match; unfortunately, the doctors couldn't keep him in remission long enough to do the transplant.
Scott spent Christmas Day, 2007, surrounded by his family in Houston. He returned to the hospital on December 26, 2007 where he remained until he lost his battle with cancer on January 19, 2008. After all those years of Superman gifts, the man that Scott became made him a Superman to us. He will forever be our hero and will forever be in our hearts.
The birth of Scott's Wish.. While spending long hours in the hospital, Scott would often become upset if he saw someone in the hospital who didn't have visitors or hear a patient trying to figure out how to pay for their medicine. Scott's Wish was born out of Scott's deep concern for those patients. He felt blessed that his family and best friend, Mary Ann Prima could stay in Houston with him so he would never be alone. This is Scott's legacy - no one should have to face devastating illnesses alone.
Scott's Loving Mother, Debbie