Showing posts with label childhood cancer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label childhood cancer. Show all posts

Friday, May 15, 2020

Miracles followed because 11 year old made a wish

11 year old made dying wish that reached around the world

PTSD Patrol
Kathie Costos
May 15, 2020

Confession: When I decided to put up these miracles, it was because I needed something to change the mood I was in. So many stories on Wounded Times, that it is hard to remember all of them. For now, I am putting up the ones that stand out most in my mind. Then I'll go through the other 38,000 to find more. They will be posted on PTSD until I run out of them.

The one posted today is about an 11 year old boy dying from cancer. This little boy had great compassion for the homeless in his area, that his dying wish was to be able to help them. His Mom supported that and did what she could to honor his wish.

What followed was his wish being heard around the world. Within a month, his wish was granted and the little angel changed the lives of millions!

read his story here

Friday, March 3, 2017

Iraq Veteran's Son Dying of Cancer Has Precious Moments

Army veteran dad making 10-year-old son's final months memorable
FOX News
March 3, 2017
Ayden Zeigler-Kohler was diagnosed with DIPG after collapsing during a football practice. (Ayden Zeigler-Kohler Fund by Shay Weber - GoFundMe)
Seven months ago, 10-year-old Ayden Zeigler-Kohler was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor and given between eight and 12 months to live. His Pennsylvania-based family spent the first few months frantically searching for a clinical trial aimed at beating diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), but has since decided to focus on helping Ayden enjoy the time he has left.

DIPG brain tumors are highly aggressive and notoriously difficult to treat, and, due to their placement on the brain stem, affect breathing, blood pressure and heart rate.
Kohler, who struggled after returning from Iraq, told the news outlet that Ayden’s birth saved his life, and that the two are inseparable, often finding solace in the woods while hunting.

“I was a medic in the war, you know, and you fix things,” Kohler told the Statesman Journal. “And this was something I couldn’t even touch.”
read more here

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Coast Guard Crew Grants Wish for Sick Child

Coast Guard Crew Grants Wish for Sick Child
Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta Disco
Mar 25, 2014

NEW YORK - A Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City helicopter crew helped fulfill the dream of a Queens boy with a life-threatening illness, at Juniper Valley Park in Queens, N.Y., Monday.

Eight-year-old Colin Flood, diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia, is battling his second round of the disease after fighting it off with chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.

An avid fan of shows such as Coast Guard Alaska and the Deadliest Catch, Colin dreamed of being in a Coast Guard helicopter. Due to the serious nature of his condition, it was uncertain whether Colin would be able to experience seeing a Coast Guard helicopter up close. The New York Police Department and Fire Department of New York closed Juniper Valley Park, located near the Flood's home, so a Coast Guard helicopter crew could safely land there and Colin could visit it.
read more here

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Soldier comes home early to fight for son's life

Hayward Soldier Returns from Afghanistan to Join Son in Cancer Fight
NBC Bay Area
By Monte Francis
Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014

A soldier from Hayward has cut his second deployment to Afghanistan short in order to be with his son, a patient at UCSF’s Children’s Hospital who’s battling a rare form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma.

As with any big fight, this one includes moments of hope and setbacks. One of those setbacks came Monday, when 6-year-old J.J. Orecchia was supposed to have his right leg amputated. The surgery was expected to prolong his life by four to five years, but an infection has now forced the doctors to call off the operation.

Just a year ago, the Hayward boy was a healthy and active 5-year-old. Today, he’s fighting for his life.

“J.J. is feisty,” said Andrew Foster, a friend of the boy’s father, Will, who did not feel up to talking to reporters. “He’s a feisty young boy, a lot of love.”
read more here

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Vietnam veteran gives child hero Bronze Star

Three-Year-Old Collects 900 Teddy Bears for Fellow Hospitalized Children
by Lauren Enriquez
Houston, TX
A Vietnam veteran who chose not to be identified to the media noticed Bennett’s heroism in the face of his own battle against illness, and his selflessness in focusing on other children who were going through the same thing, and decided to give Bennett his own Bronze Star from the war.

He told Bennett that he could keep it as long as he promised to brave his medical battle like a real hero– a promise that little Bennett seems to have no trouble living up to.
read more here
linked from Bizpac Review

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Camp Lejeune polluted water linked to birth defects and childhood cancer

New study links Camp Lejeune's polluted water to birth defects, childhood cancer
Tampa Bay Times
William R. Levesque
Times Staff Writer
Friday, December 6, 2013

Federal scientists have found an increased incidence of some birth defects and cancers such as leukemia in children of mothers exposed to polluted drinking water at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base, according to a new federal report.

The report provides the most significant evidence yet that water may have harmed the health of those who lived at the North Carolina base, including at least 19,350 from Florida.

A draft of the much-anticipated study was released late Thursday by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and surveyed the parents of 12,598 children who were born at Camp Lejeune from 1968 to 1985.

The study found increased incidence of neural tube defects, a serious birth defect involving an opening in the brain or spinal cord, in children whose mothers were exposed to contaminants early in pregnancy. Spina bifida is a type of NTD.

A weaker but still significant link was found between leukemia and non-Hodgkins lymphoma diagnosed before age 20 in those born at the base whose mothers were exposed to tainted water, the report said.
read more here

Thursday, August 22, 2013

From cancer to company commander

From cancer to company commander
Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin
2nd Marine Logistics
August 22, 2013
Austin Saxton poses for a photo with Marines with Transportation and Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 02, 2013. The Marines were so touched by his story, that some of them awarded him the ribbons they earned in combat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Devin Nichols)
Marines aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune were greeted by two special guests recently.

Although one was an easily recognizable Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter, he was not the guest of honor.

Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson was welcomed aboard Camp Lejeune not to teach Marines about mix martial arts, but for a much higher purpose.

Like Marines and cage fighters, Austin Saxton has endured beatings and come back with a smile fit for a champion.

At the age of 14, while most kids would be out playing, or possibly getting in trouble for petty things, he was diagnosed with cancer in both his pancreas and liver.He spent most of last Christmas vacation in the hospital, and almost had his 15th birthday there as well.
read more here

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Marine carries boy across finish line after prosthetic leg breaks

Marine carries boy, bone cancer survivor, across finish line at Florida triathlon
Ben Baltz, 11, a bone cancer survivor, was running in a Florida children’s triathlon when he noticed something was wrong with his prosthetic leg. Unable to fix it, he was helped across the finish line by a Marine who wanted to make sure the boy finished the race.

With an all-Marine escort, 11-year-old Ben Baltz is carried across the finish line on the back of Pfc. Matthew Morgan, 19, of San Diego.

An 11-year-old boy whose prosthetic leg fell off during a Florida children’s triathlon was carried across the finish line by a heroic Marine.

Ben Baltz, a bone cancer survivor, noticed something was wrong with his prosthetic leg during the final run portion of the race in Pensacola.

So Morgan put Ben on his back and completed the last half mile of the run, surrounded by other Marines.

As the pair crossed the finish line, a touched crowd applauded wildly.

Ben, whose leg was amputated when he was 6-years-old, was competing in his third triathlon of the summer.
read more here

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

9 Year old child with cancer soars with 101st Airborne

Young cancer patient soars with help of 101st Airborne
Jul 17, 2012

FORT CAMPBELL, KY (WSMV) - A 9-year-old cancer patient took part in a special mission Tuesday with the help of the soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell.

Adam Crider, a Sumner County fourth grader, finished flight school and soared above Fort Campbell and the mountains of Colorado in a Blackhawk helicopter simulator.
read more here

Monday, July 5, 2010

Honorary Raleigh police officer remembered as hero at 8 years old

Honorary officer remembered as hero

Raleigh, N.C. — Raleigh police bid farewell Saturday to a friend and fellow officer. William Bunn, 8, died of a cancer called neuroblastoma Thursday.

On June 11, the Raleigh Police Department made him the city's first honorary officer, fulfilling his dream. Bunn was buried with full police honors, including a flyover by a police helicopter.

Bunn always wanted to be a police officer. He liked the cool cap, the crisp uniform, but most of all, he loved the job description.

Officer Graham Witherspoon remembered meeting Bunn last April. The two struck up a friendship when Witherspoon visited the boy's school.

"I said, 'What do officers do?' He said, 'Simple. Catch the bad guys.'"

"For him to become an officer, for him to enjoy it, was probably the proudest day of my life, in my career," Witherspoon said.

Bunn proudly carried his police badge for the last three weeks of his life. Inside his casket Saturday, he wore his police uniform.

go here for more if you want your heart warmed
linked from CNN