Mason’s Story: A Friend In The Fight

After 2-year-old Mason started shaking uncontrollably at his daycare on October 17, 2013, he was immediately brought to the pediatrician. It was there, that doctors found his blood counts were very low.  Mason was sent to the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital where they biopsied his bone marrow and found that he had b-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Shortly after his diagnosis, Mason began months of chemotherapy, spinal chemotherapy infusions and lumbar punctures, all with his good friend and stuffed owl “O” perched closely by his side.

Today, “O” continues to watch over Mason as he takes 17 pills on certain days and sleeps in a homemade bed near Mason’s bed as this 4-year-old endures “maintenance mode” of his treatment protocol. His mom created a color coded calendar for medication identifying what time of day, with or without food and what can be mixed with the medication. He will be having a lumbar puncture in July to receive chemotherapy as well as testing his spinal fluid to show he is still in remission. Mason will finish treatment in December 2016.

Mason’s parents describe the 4-year-old as having a beautiful smile and an infectious laugh. He deserves to know a world without cancer, so let’s join them in the fight.

Mason, and all other kids going through cancer, are why we fly. Thanks to fundraisers like you, every dollar raised will help bring us closer to a cure.

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