As mom Ariana (left) looks on, a jubilant Elias Mendoza holds his baby brother, Noah, in the air, as his dad German (right) and brother Marcos (center) shake hands with Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties representatives. The family is headed to Hawaii Friday. (Ojai Valley News photo by Kelly Forrister)
Misty Volaski, Ojai Valley News editor
Junior high can be a hard time for kids — more students, more homework, more hormones. But for Elias Mendoza, there were also radiation and chemotherapy treatments to get through. The 13-year-old Matilija Junior High School student was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, about a year ago.