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Braden
"Braden still has struggles at times but he continues to strive for greatness and continues to be an inspiration to those who know him."
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30 Days/30 Stories
September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. At PCFLV, we are committed to spreading the GOLD all year long. However, in September, we truly make it our mission. 30 Days, 30 Stories celebrates the children we know and love and the brave battles they fight and have fought, with their families by their sides. In celebrating these beautiful children and their stories, we hope to inspire you to join us in our mission to SPREAD THE GOLD in September and all year long!

September 8th
In January 2010 at the age of three years old, Braden was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. Braden hadn't been feeling well, wasn't eating, and was becoming lethargic but had no fever so we decided to take him to the ER at Lehigh Valley Hospital. When we arrived at the ER, we didn't realize that Braden's condition was critical. Braden was immediately given oxygen due to his breathing and low pulse ox. Many tests were run that night and after having an MRI, it was confirmed that the shadow that was seen in an X-ray was a 10cm mass in his chest -which at that point had collapsed his right lung, deviated his trachea, and caused the left lung to be compromised and only functioning at 50%. Our immediate response was to remove it but unfortunately that wasn't an option for Braden because of the size and the location of the mass sitting above his heart. The doctors that night went on to explain that Braden had cancer - something we never thought we would ever hear.

Braden was admitted to Lehigh Valley Hospital and spent almost a month in the PICU and on the pediatric floor. Braden continued treatment at Lehigh Valley Muhlenberg Pediatric Oncology Unit for two years of active treatment. Braden fought hard and beat the odds the initial night he was diagnosed. And throughout his treatment, he continued with his fighting spirit, never letting cancer bring him down. In January 2012, Braden completed treatment and is now ten years-old, cancer-free, and in the 5th grade and playing football for the Quakertown Panthers. Braden still has struggles at times but he continues to strive for greatness and continues to be an inspiration to those who know him. We all anxiously await January 2017 because Braden will be five years off treatment and will be officially in remission.


More 30 Days/30 Stories
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