Student dies suddenly after complications of leukemia


Lenon Padilla plays his guitar at Chico State in October 2018. Photo credit: Daelin Wofford

A student died suddenly Saturday after being diagnosed with leukemia in August.

Lenon Padilla, 20, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in August and immediately began chemotherapy treatments, according to a post on Instagram by his brother, Lance Padilla. Several weeks later on Sept. 8, he sustained a traumatic brain injury secondary to a venous blood clot and went into a coma.

Padilla is survived by his parents Patrick and Charmaine Padilla and brother Lance. He was a pre-nursing major and an active member of Phi Delta Theta and Young Life College as well as the Young Life Woodleaf camps.

He was known for his musical talent and passion for the arts, particularly for songwriting and singing his own original compositions in public and in his community church groups.

A memorial service for Padilla will be held at St. John Baptist Church in Folsom on Saturday, with a viewing starting at noon and a funeral mass at 2 p.m.-3 p.m.

A memorial fund in honor of Padilla is now open through gofundme.

Natalie Hanson can be reached at [email protected] or @nhanson_reports on Twitter.