Honored Kid

Jace S.

Age 5
Jace S. Kid Photo


Williamstown, NJ, US


Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

December 2023


In treatment

Treated At

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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My Story

On Christmas day 2023, Jace had trouble breathing shortly after midnight.  My husband and I passed by our Christmas tree filled with gifts and headed out the front door. We sped to the closest hospital who then diagnosed Jace with croup. His sudden airway constriction led the Dr. to give Jace a one-time 4-day lasting dose of a steroid called Dexamethasone.  We headed home with Jace seeming to be on the mend, only to wind up back at Virtua Hospital 4 days later with an extreme high temperature. After being diagnosed with Pneumonia at Virtua, we were ready to be discharged. This was until one Doctor happened to pop her head in and ask for bloodwork after just one look at Jace. Two hours later, three doctors told us that his bloodwork was signifying leukemia. We then were transported to Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia 6 hours later. Upon arrival, oncologists were confused as to why Jace's blood under extensive examination seemed to be leukemia free, yet his labs said otherwise. After a bone marrow biopsy, they were able to diagnose him with B-cell ALL Leukemia. When discussing what the first month of treatment entailed, I noticed very quickly that we would be giving Dexamethasone to Jace for the next 27 days. Turns out, Dexamethasone to the average healthy person is just a steroid, but with Jace's particular Leukemia, it kills his cancer cells. THIS was why his blood slide was clear. Jace had been given (unbeknownst to that ER doctor on Christmas), exactly a 4-day head start of chemo that was already actively killing his cancer cells!!    I had made a promise to Jesus during the agonizing wait for results in the hospital that if he were to show favor on our son, I would publicly and freely tell anyone willing to hear this story.  I do not believe that this was a coincidence, and that I truly believe that Jesus Christ is healing and will continue to restore our boy to full health.  He is currently in remission, and with all info gathered by our wonderful doctors, they can place him in the top 97-98 percent cure rate category. My hope for my precious boy is that he will be a living, breathing testimony that will attest to the healing power of Jesus, and to inspire others. He has a long road ahead, and it may or may not get bumpy, but we are not alone, and God has been and will continue to guide our steps and hearts. Thank you for allowing him to be this year's Honor Child. It is just another blessing from above.   Ephesians 3:20- He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think. 

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