Lisa’s son Jayden, a joking, fun-loving eighth grader who loves to play sports, has received multiple blood products during his treatments for acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
With a sinus infection that wasn’t getting better from antibiotics, a high temperature, bruising and paleness, Lisa took Jayden to the hospital for evaluation. After testing for anemia, the pediatrician later called with laboratory test results showing that Jayden had leukemia.
Lisa recalls Jayden’s reaction to the diagnosis. “I’ve got cancer and I’m gonna beat it!”
After finishing his last round of chemotherapy, seven months later Jayden relapsed. Jayden went through four months of intense chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. At last, Jayden was able to go home right before Thanksgiving. As of August 1, 2016, he has now been cancer free for two years!
When thinking about the donors who have helped her son during his treatment, Lisa said, “I would like to thank them very much. Without blood donors, those kids [with cancer] would not survive. That is what they depend on.”