Honored Kid

Aiden C.

Age 15
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Location

Louisville, KY, US

Diagnosis

Fibro Lamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Date of Diagnosis

January 2021

Status

In treatment

Treated At

Norton’s Children’s Hospital

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My Story

On Monday, January 11, 2021, 14 year-old Aiden Church went to school feeling a little under the weather. By Tuesday afternoon, doctors had discovered an inoperable tumor and admitted him to the ICU at Norton Children's Hospital.  Aiden was diagnosed with a rare liver tumor: Fibro Lamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma. The cancer had already spread to a blood vessel, lymph nodes and to spots on his lungs. His parents, Ann and Will, were shocked and overwhelmed by the news that their seemingly healthy son was now facing a life altering disease.


Aiden is an eighth grader at St. Agnes School and plans to attend Trinity High School in the fall. Aiden and his parents are tremendously grateful for the outpouring of support received from St. Agnes Parish and school, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and school, and the Norton Elementary School community. Also, all the love, heart-warming support, and prayers from family and many, many friends and empathetic strangers. With this support and the power of prayer they continue to be hopeful.


Aiden is undergoing chemotherapy treatment and depending on the response other treatment options may be available. The hope is that chemotherapy is eliminating the spots on his lungs and shrinking the tumor. If so, radiation treatment may be used to directly target the cancer cells in the liver tumor. Also, participation in a John Hopkins first round clinical trial for Fibro Lamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma treatment is being researched as a possibility.


Although these weeks since January 11, have been difficult for Aiden, he still loves Star Wars, Lego, playing XBox with his friends, reading, and spending time with his two cats, Haystack and Pumpkin. Our prayers and focus are for Aiden to fully heal from this advanced disease and to be able to experience the joys of 8th grade graduation, high school, and a healthy future beyond.


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