On March 18, 2005, five days after his first birthday, Trenton was diagnosed with an aggressive form of childhood cancer called neuroblastoma We’d never heard of such cancer and quickly found out it is as ugly as its name suggests. In an instant, our lives were changed so drastically.
The cancer had spread into Trenton’s bone marrow already! Like that wasn’t bad enough news, one of the worst things discovered was that Trenton’s cancer not only was stage IV cancer, but because of the makeup of his tumor, more than likely he would relapse within 2 to 4 years after enduring treatment - IF he survived the treatments at all. We were devastated………we were given such little hope from the very beginning, before we even got started! But this is what cancer does!
This is how Trenton’s journey began. He endured an aggressive protocol including: Five rounds of chemotherapy immediately, 21 minor surgeries, 8 different types of scans, over and over, too many to count, each time requiring him to be put to sleep, 2 bone marrow aspirations, 2 horrendous bone marrow transplants, 18 days of radiation AND 6 months of oral chemo. He finished his total protocol June 22, 2006 and has been cancer free ever since.
Along the way, we have met many children with neuroblastoma and other types of cancer who have not been so lucky. Our hearts have broken over and over again with each new diagnosis, each child who has had to endure treatment and each loss.
We have to stop cancer from terrorizing our children and families. We need your help. Please join Trenton’s Tigers and help us raise money for research to find cures and better treatments for kids with cancer. We need you to donate and come out to Lauren’s Run and race with us. But we need more. Please help us by sending our message out as far and wide as you can and asking your friends to help, too. Together, we can make a difference against this terrible disease.