Childhood Cancer

Meet 2023 Ambassador Jaron: A YouTube Star with a Heart for Others

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
January 9, 2023

“Hi everybody! Welcome back to Jaron’s Toys.”

Jaron holding his dog, Chloe.

Jaron with his dog, Chloe.

With his signature greeting, Jaron has been the star of his own YouTube videos since he was four years old. It started as a cute little boy sharing about his toys but thanks to his charismatic online presence, Jaron has over 29,000 followers today who like to check in and see what he’s up to.

But it may come as a surprise to his followers that this fun-loving and enigmatic personality is a real-live childhood cancer survivor!

Jaron during treatment.

Jaron, at age 2, shortly after diagnosis.

Jaron was only 23 months old when a large tumor developed under his right eye. After numerous tests and a biopsy, he was diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Due to a positive minimal residual disease test in the induction phase, he was placed on the most aggressive of treatments for this disease due to the high-risk of relapse. Jaron’s mom, Jessica said, “The 3 1/2 years of treatment were difficult and intense, but he remained courageous throughout it.” Cancer free today, Jaron is 10 years in remission and attends the survivorship clinic annually to monitor late effects. He is in middle school, a Boy Scout and loves to travel (most recently to Spain, Brazil, and Peru).

Jaron at Machu Picchu in Peru.

Jaron at Machu Picchu in Peru.

Jaron enjoys playing football with his friends and of course, making YouTube videos. His heroes are his mom and dad, his dog, Chole, is his buddy, and his favorite foods are pizza and burgers. Favorite family times include trips, going to water parks, and celebrating Jaron’s remission date.

Jaron with his mom and dad.

Jaron with his mom and dad.

The family attended their first St. Baldrick’s event in 2013 at Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin, Texas where he was treated and quickly recognized the importance of funding research to save kids’ lives. Jaron has deep empathy for kids with cancer and a willing heart to help other kids diagnosed, which is one of the reasons he is excited about serving as one of the St. Baldrick’s 2023 Ambassadors.

Jaron wearing St. Patrick’s Day hat at 2016 St. Baldrick’s event.

Jaron at 2016 St. Baldrick’s event.

He has this message for anyone thinking about getting involved in St. Baldrick’s: “You really should because most of the funding helps kids with cancer and too many kids don’t survive.”

Jaron is a kid with a mission and a message to make an impact for kids with cancer.

Donate now and help more kids like Jaron survive.


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