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This precious little boy is Jaden, and this is his story told by his mom lovely Sabrina:
“Hi, My son’s name is Jaden. He is two years old. In October 2014 he was diagnosed with Advanced melanoma skin cancer stage 3. He has been through a total of 5 surgeries and is battling this deadly disease. He will need to be treated. Jaden has been going through a lot of health problems since the age of 5 months old, starting with meningitis to kidney problems and development delays. I am a single mother of three kids currently on unemployment and due to this illness my son has, I was discharged from my job . I ask that you please send lots of prayers for Jaden. This is very heartbreaking for me to know that this disease is a killing disease and I can loose my son. Jaden deserves a good and healthy life to be strong and live long, he still has his whole life ahead of him and I will hold his hand and be here with him through every step of the way. I pray my little boy will have a miracle and he be cured, I have faith and I believe in God . Thank you and God bless.”
(Jaden’s mole appeared at around one year old on his right ear, and over a period of months began to grow. Jaden would pull at it constantly, until one day it began to bleed, and since then it never healed properly after being cleaned up and watched closely. Sabrina then took Jaden to the pediatrician, who by a simple glance told her that he could pretty much diagnose this without even a biopsy. Lymph node surgery also came back positive for Melanoma, so Jaden is currently just starting out on Interferon. Please pray for this precious little warrior,and his mommy.)
This Handsome little Warrior is Caleb, and this is his story told by his mom Joy Eubanks Owens.
“My (now 10 years old) son Caleb was diagnosed on June 12, 2013. After a stage 3b diagnosis, a couple of surgeries- tumor & lymph node removal and a year of Interferon, he’s now thankfully NED! We travel every 3 months to MD Anderson for regular checkups. Many of the kids you’ve featured are our melanoma buddies.
It started with what looked like a bug bite with a “white head/puss filled” look. Gross, I know… sorry. It never looked like a mole though. More like a wart. It grew very, very fast. Over a period of 4 to 5 weeks. It began to bleed (ulcerate) and would then get a dried out look. It just popped up the end of April. We had a biopsy June 7… Both his pediatrician and local dermatologist thought it was a type of wart or something benign. ??? I can’t remember exactly what the dermatologist thought it was now. I just know they were all floored when it came back as melanoma. I had a diagnosis on a Friday and the following week I had an appointment at MD Anderson! It was crazy!!!
He’s a healthy happy boy these days! He struggles with the daily sunscreen, hats, etc. It’s tough for a kid. But it’s our new normal now… He’s getting there. I just pray they find a cure the cause one day. Why these babies are being diagnosed with a disease that is usually sun induced is baffling.
This Handsome Warrior is Saraj, and this is his story told by his mom Sarah King Kemp. Saraj was diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma at 8 years old. ALWAYS TRUST YOUR GUT PARENTS!!!!!!
“It started very small like the size of a pen point on his back, then in a months time it grew larger than my thumbnail. I knew immediately something wasn’t right… His doc agreed and sent us to a dermatologist, she said is was not right and did a biopsy, then called me two days later with the devastating news that it was melanoma Cancer. We were sent to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the surgeries began. He had a lymph scan which revealed his lymph nodes were involved too. They did a wide excision on his back where they found the melanoma , and they took his lymph nodes from his left femar. They staged him at stage 3 melanoma, so now we are here in Atlanta for a whole month receiving his Interferon(chemo treatments)..
We had a hard time with his wound healing up. Two months after his second surgery and it started something called granulation. They had to re-open the spots that look like they were blistering up. They used silver nitrate to do that…that’s the Greyish looking area you see on the right bottom pic. I can’t show the third surgery because it runs from his left hip down past his scrotum.
It was on his left side where his waistband is, so he lost half of his left butt cheek. I want parents to know that just because it looks normal doesn’t mean it is…if it changes don’t hesitate to take your baby. And if you don’t get the right answers keep pushing until you do. If I would have waited any longer..the way his Cancer is so aggressive he could have very well slipped into stage 4. Looking under a scope the oncologist said his cells where very mean looking and agressive so are treating Saraj as an adult Melanoma.
They were saying it’s so rare because it’s usually for fair skin. But my baby is biracial so that’s not true!!!!!!!! Now we are finished with his 20 High dosage of Chemotherapy…we have been away from home for the entire month of November. Once we get home we to take three shots a week for the next year and pray this nasty cancer frees itself from his body!!
Please Pray For One of Keegan’s Kids Favorite Warriors! Saraj Go Fund Me
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Finally NED. Fly high, Keegan.
One week prior to her passing. Nothing can stop her smile.
August 2nd, 2015
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