Trenton has come such a long way.
Our family would have never thought that 7 years ago, when we were told, "your son has Stage IV cancer and only 20% chance of survival and 70% of relapse after treatment," who in the world would turn on their Fighting hat. Trenton did! He’s our 8 year old Hero!
Trenton Kindred is the 8-year old son of Greg & Ginger Kindred of Atlanta, Georgia. He’s been a miracle twice; once at birth and one at “re-birth” after enduring Stage IV cancer and given only 20% chance to survive this disease. But with the power of prayer and the fight of determination, with only God has his Blindside, he’s a 2nd miracle and we continue to storm heaven praying for his cancer to never return.
Trenton’s diagnoses was on March 18, 2005, (5 days after his '1' year birthday) and a day that will never escape our minds. His cancer was called High Risk, Stage IV Neuroblastoma, N-MYC Amplified Cancer. Which means……? Yep, like you, we said, "What is that? Who gets that?" Well, 650 kids+ a year get it and 70% of reoccurrence after these kids fight this beast.
Neuroblastoma is described as a vicious-ruthless disease, a rare cancer found mostly in children under age 10, and a form of cancer that occurs in infants and children, but is rarely found in children older than 10. Neuroblastoma is by far the most common cancer in infants and the third most common type of cancer in children. There is NO known cure for Neubroblastoma!! It shows itself overnight. We had never heard of it ourselves until that dreadful day, but there are approximately 650 new cases each year. The sad thing is, if you beat the disease, HIGH RISK means 70% chance of relapse. You lose before you start fighting. We NEED nothing less than A CURE so we can beat this ruthless disease once and for all. Trenton never gave up the fight and he continues to do so on the football field!
If you want to take a moment to read what Fighting is all about: as a toddler, instead of chasing fireflies and chasing his dogs and brother around the house, Trenton endured 5 rounds of chemotherapy followed by stem cell harvesting for preparing for TWO contiguous Bone Marrow Transplants. Between Chemo and harvesting, and 2 bone marrow transplants, Trenton had many viruses encounter his body, 9 infected port lines, 105 fevers too many times to count, vomiting and low blood counts seemed endless. He was in the hospital more than home for more than 9 months and felt very sick. Holidays and birthdays were only dates on the calendar. Survival was his gift!
Trenton was a tremendous fighter. Even at the young age of one, the hardest battle and toughest fight was his BMT #1 for 37 days in the hospital in quarantine. There were 7 grueling days into that fight of transplant that we thought we would lose Trenton. He struggled to breathe as we held him in our arms day & night hardly letting go a minute. He made it. With the prayers of many, with faith, love, a lot of hope and his own strong will to hang on.
Then after BMT 1 and 2, Trenton rested and recuperated at home for about a month and then started Radiation in December for 21-days straight through the holidays. He was put to sleep every single day for those 21 days through Christmas; our hero all the way - once again!
Trenton's final protocol was Oral Chemo twice a day for 6 months. He completed protocol and No Evidence of Disease on June 11th 2006. Trenton remains living the CURE to this day, with Hope outweighing our fears of relapse!
We live each day like it’s our last, as we watch our two sons bond together as brothers every day, playing football, baseball and enjoying all of what life has to offer.
When we hear the loud Trenton giggle-laugh that expel thru the house, it reminds us daily of the days that weren’t full of giggles, but now a house full of LIFE.
Trenton has shown our entire family and close friends how to embrace all the small joys of life and how to fight. Our hope is that we WILL find a cure for this disease and we will be able to say that we did it because of Trenton & his cancer buddies, with the same FIGHT from family and friends supporting us in this journey.
Paying it forward for the rest of our days……….until we find a CURE.
Believing in Miracles, love to all, thanks for continuing to fight with us,
-The Kindred family – (Greg, Ginger, Taylor and Trenton)