Honored Kid

Caiden H.

Age 15
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Location

Jenison, MI, US

Diagnosis

Retinoblastoma

Date of Diagnosis

May 2005

Status

Cancer free

Treated At

Helen Devos Children's Hospital UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

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My Story

Caiden is our red-headed 4yr old who is full of life. He has lost his red hair 3 times over the course of his treatments, as soon as he grew it back, cancer raged its ugly head and the hair was gone, again. So we relate deeply to all those bald heads. Caiden was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma when only 21 months old and his sister was 3 weeks old. We only wish it was a lazy eyes, as it appeared. We were blessed with the best physicians and church family. We couldn't have survived it without them. We witnessed through all the chemo, radiation, laser, and cryo treatments Caiden became our hero. His 2.5 yr battle with bilateral retinoblastoma ended with the removal of both of his eyes. But the time with sight he did have gave him opportunity to explore a beautiful world in color. He learned so much in those short years. It has only been a few months since he lost his last eye, but Caiden continues to explore this world with such zeal. He desires to know what color things are and demands great detail in descriptions when in new surroundings. We believe the images he creates now in his own mind are God given and therefore the most vivid pictures imagined. Caiden loves to play with trains, go to preschool, swimming, and jump in ball pits. Now hesitant of running because he can't see where he is going, he loves to stay active with wrestling with dad, brother Bretten, and little sister Josi. We look forward to the years to come as Caiden becomes fluent in Braille and discovers his talents. We feel very blessed to be able to hug and love on our Caiden, as we felt the loss of some of our chemo buddies. Thank you for supporting this great cause, we greatly appreciate it, from our family to yours.

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