Honored Kid

Jackson P.

Age 12
Jackson P. Kid Photo


Camdenton, MO, US


Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

July 2020


In treatment

Treated At

MU Women's and Children's Hospital

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My Story

Jackson had been gradually getting sicker this last of June, 2020. I took him to his pediatrician on Tuesday June 30, where she ran a blood test. Once she saw the results she told us we needed to go to woman’s and children’s in Columbia ASAP because his blood count wasn’t good. Once we got to the ER Jackson’s specialist told us she was almost certain he had leukemia. He was admitted into the picu because his blood levels were at extremely dangerous levels. We were there for two nights but we are finally seeing some relief and were able to be moved to a regular the 3rd day where we were the remainder of our stay. On July 1st he had a bone marrow procedure where they confirmed he had ALL (the most common childhood leukemia). He has precursor B high risk. His doctor said being high risk just helps them to know how to treat him right out of the gate. He got a the port in and then he got a spinal tap. The port is how they will administer his chemo. The spinal tap is to test and make sure that the leukemia hasn’t traveled to the spine. At this point they also administered his first treatment of chemo. The port was up and running and he was able to get his IVs out! His test came back with no leukemia in the spine. His sisters, Caitlyn and Ava, are handled everything in stride. Since Ava is so young she doesn’t really understand what it means. Caitlyn although she understands, it is still something that is hard to fully understand. It’s hard for us as well. As soon as Robert and I asked for help both of our families dropped everything and came running. They have been by our side ever since. Our friends and family from afar have been amazing. I am over whelmed (in a good way) by the support Jackson, Caitlyn, Ava, Robert and I have received. We are blessed. Learning that your child has cancer is a parent’s worse nightmare. We keep reminding ourselves that things could be worse and we have had so many blessings already.

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