Taylor wore his glasses and his special stethoscope to look like Dr. B. He had a hard time at clinic today. He was the first patient in the door at 7 this morning for an infusion and was supposed to have a spinal tap with chemo as well. He started having muscle spasms and couldn't relax during the procedure. He does them without sedation, but today was too difficult for him to continue. Thank God for the compassion of Dr. B to stop when it became too much for him to handle. We'll try it again on another day. Please keep our boy in your prayers. Even warriors have rough days.
Taylor had a fun time with Charlie at the clinic on Monday. It helps to have his brother there to keep his mind off of chemo. Thank you for your continued support and love for our family. We need it more than you know.
Tomorrow is the Big Day! Please join us for the Evening of Hope Gala benefiting Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada. They are honoring Taylor's courage as he battles cancer. Candlelighters has been a saving grace for our family throughout these past few years. Through their many programs, we have been blessed to fight with him for one more day. They offer a variety of programs to help meet the needs of families in care. All donations help to directly benefit families like ours with rent, utilities, therapy, activites, gifts and so much more. If you can make it to the event, Come On! If you can't, please Click and Share the link to show your love for all the good work being done. We love you! More photos to come tomorrow! ♥ https://candlelightersnv.ejoinme.org/MyPages/2015CandlelightersEveningofHope/tabid/573652/Default.aspx
This week marked the 2 years since we started this cancer journey. We can’t tell you the exact date, because we really don’t remember. We feel cancer doesn't deserve it’s own holiday in our home. We used this week to be mindful and somber in reflection about our journey and God’s grace & mercy. Taylor has a rare hybrid T-cell/B-cell Leukemia. Without a bone marrow transplant, his chance of survival is low...that's what science says. But God has the ultimate say! That's why Team Hammond can smile through adversity & keep moving forward. We know God is working it all out in our favor. This beautiful photo was taken by our friend Melissa for an awesome celebration through Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada. They will be honoring Taylor's courage at their Evening of Hope Gala. Please come out and celebrate with us! We are also excited to announce our last and final adoptions! Blake and Nathan will be adopted on Thursday, 2/26 at the Family Court. This is surely our last one, so everyone is invited. Please contact us for more details. We can't thank you all enough for the support you've given us over the years. God had shown His face through the generosity of friends and strangers alike. We are so grateful for you. We love you and thank God for you!
Taylor had a great time this morning over at KSNV News 3, Las Vegas with Kim and Dana Wagner! Thank you to Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada for the the opportunity to share his experience! Please keep him in your prayers. He's fighting one day at a time! Check out the link to the video. Enjoy!
Happy Labor Day! September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer takes no holidays. Please help spread awareness of this life changing disease by sharing Taylor's photo. Thank you for the support you give our family all year long. We love you and we thank God for you!
Taylor is so excited about receiving his passport and his upcoming Make-A-Wish trip! Don’t you love his shirt?!
We're calling on all family, friends and supporters: We need your support more than ever. Declare your faith and help support our journey by making a donation today! You will receive this awesome shirt and a special shoutout when you donate.
When man has no cure, God has a miracle. If you believe in the power of His word, share, like and get your t-shirt today.
Taylor wants to see everyone wearing his shirt, so upload a photo with the hashtag #healcancer so we can see them and repost them! We love you and we thank God for you!
Taylor had another spinal tap today. No sedation, no pain meds, no tears! Thank God for giving him courage & strength to get through each day. Thank you for all your support & prayers for him and our big little family. God is still in the blessing business. If His eye is still on the sparrow...you know the rest!
It's been so long since we've updated this page. It will remain open for those that want to give (thank you!), but most of Taylor's updates will be on our Facebook page, wwe.facebook.com/LordPleaseHealTaylor
We can't believe it's been a year since this journey started. Last year on President's Day, we asked our FB family and friends to pray for our son who was in the ER. We knew something was wrong with him, but we never expected Cancer. Thank you for all your support over this past year. The well wishes, donations, cards, flowers, gifts, hugs and kisses are immeasurable. We could not have made it through this year without your love. Please continue to pray for Taylor's complete healing and restoration as his journey is not over yet. We love you and thank God for you.
I'm sorry it's been a while since I posted an update. We've been pretty tired (exhausted) these past couple of weeks. Taylor has been in and out of the hospital every other week for the past 7 weeks. He'll be back in on Tuesday, hopefully for his last stay. This chemo is pretty strong and has been challenging for him. Everyone suffers differently with this drug and unfortunately, Taylor's side-effect is an increase in his temperature. His fevers have gotten up to 103 or more and offer him little relief. Between the hospital visits and our new baby, there is little sleep for mom & dad around here. Please keep praying for our strength.
Speaking of the new baby (*Nathan* if we get to adopt him), he and all of our other kiddies are doing great. We are so blessed that they have been able to adjust and be fluid with us as we journey through this cancer battle as a family. Children really are resilient. We thank God for his protection over them during this time.
We are scheduled to meet with Dr. Walters, the bone marrow transplant specialist, on Monday. We wonder if he has news of another donor?! I'll post another update as soon as we hear something.
Thank you for praying for us and continuing to share this story. We feel a move of favor coming our way very soon. We love you! ♥
Most of you may already know that Taylor's bone marrow donor backed out and his bone marrow transplant was cancelled. He was scheduled to have the transplant on the 16th. We were disappointed initially, but we understand everything happens for a reason. The stress of preparations, accommodations, flights, childcare all seemed to be for nothing. It can be frustrating to look back on.
We are so grateful for everyone who stepped us to help us during this time. Our friends and family each stepped in to do their part to help us, especially with the care of our other children. Charlie & Jordanne really enjoyed their time in Los Angeles with my family. While Meganne & Blake had a blast with our close friend from church. The Word says to "1. Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven......3.But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4. so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." Matthew 6:1,3-4
I cannot mention you by name, but please know that we appreciate all that you ALL have done for us. Your recognition comes from above and is never forgotten.
Taylor is feeling ok. He is going through some really intense chemo. For this treatment, he has to be hospitalized for a week, every other week, for 8 weeks. We are on week 3 and he'll be going back into the hospital tomorrow. His ADHD keeps his mind fresh and full of energy, even while his body says no. He doesn't understand the conflict, so his first treatment was pretty rough. He also suffered from a phantom fever that wouldn't go away. He was given iv antibiotics and it went away. We have effectively locked down our home. We tried to keep things as normal as possible for him and our other kiddies, by having visitors and other children come over, but the risk of infection for him is too great to ignore.
Thank you for praying for us and with us. Please keep him in your prayers this week as he gets another dose of chemo.
This photo is of the whole crew before bedtime a couple of days ago. I forgot to mention we got another foster baby. It's Taylor's half brother. We're never going to say no. If we get to adopt him, his name will be Nathan. Please pray for our strength as we try to raise these children in the midst of this storm.
Transplant News! This is an APB: All Prayers Bulletin! The bone marrow donor refuses to go through the surgery to donate her marrow. She is willing to donate stem cells, however this will leave Taylor with a higher risk of infection and other related diseases, and the donation may not be effective at all. We are asking for all prayers and support at this time. We are praying for God to have his way in this situation and that the best option for Taylor is presented and available. We are asking specifically to give our wonderful doctors and nurses the knowledge and wisdom they need to help him and all of the children in their care. We are expecting a enormous move from God. We hope that today you pray this with us. Taylor had a spinal tap today and is still at the clinic recovering. Thank you for your support and love. ♥
The countdown has begun! This is Taylor's last week in Las Vegas for at least 5-6 months. Once he's post transplant, he won't be able to go out in public for almost a year! We are trying to make sure he gets to all of his favorite spots before he goes back to Oakland. Kinda like a "Bone Marrow Bucket List". lol! Today he made it to church. Now he's asking for Chuck E Cheese...maybe tomorrow....
Thank you for your support during this time.
We love you!
Transplant News! This week was full of appointments for Taylor's pre-transplant requirements. He needed an EKG, Echo-cardiogram, Pulmonary function test, dental exam, bone marrow biopsy and a spinal tap with chemo. Tomorrow he tops it off with a surgery to replace the port in his chest with another, specialized catheter where he will receive his transplant. He's so brave and never complains. However, today seemed to take it's toll on him. Please keep praying for his strength and ours as we go through this transition. We are happy and excited about his transplant. We found out today that the donor is a 32 y/o woman. That's all the info we know. I'm not sure she realizes the help she is providing. We are surely grateful for her sacrifice. We'll be having a party this weekend as a send off for Taylor. We would like everyone to come by and take a photo with him that we can post in his hospital room. Once he has this transplant, his immune system with be like a newborn's, or even less. He will be in isolation and will have to stay away from others for almost a year. It's really important for him to get all the love and hugs he can beforehand. Thank you for taking the time to read these updates and pray for our son. It's nice to know we have support from people all around the world. We know you have your lives to live. Thank you for helping our son live his. Please message me if you would like to come over for the party. We love you and thank God for you! ♥ This photo is a fun day at the clinic with the whole team!
Taylor Transplant News!
Dr.B was all smiles at clinic yesterday. He said the donor agreed to donate bone marrow for Taylor, but has to do it quickly. Our transplant date has been moved up to July 15th! We are working on flight arrangements, housing in Oakland, food, transportation, etc. Everything is moving so fast, we know God has his hand in this.
His numbers were low again yesterday, so we were back in the hospital for a blood transfusion. In this photo he is wearing a beanie that says NEGU: Never Ever Give Up. ♥
Thank you for praying with us. Please keep sharing and supporting his story. :-)
Taylor had another spinal tap today. The sedation is getting tougher & tougher to recover from. His counts are at zero and he may need a blood transfusion.
In this photo: He refused to admit he was tired on the way home, so he said he was closing his eyes to see the pictures in his head. Please keep praying for his strength.
WE FOUND A MATCH! Taylor is currently in remission and is eligible for a bone marrow transplant. We are so happy and blessed to have a donor. There was one match out of 17 million people! What if it is someone who knows this story!? God is so awesome like that. :-)
It is important for him to have this transplant while he is in remission, before his body produces any more cancer cells. The transplant is not guaranteed to completely cure him, but it is the last step that medicine can provide him. Where medicine stops, we know God picks up the slack.Taylor will go through intense chemo and radiation for a couple weeks to completely zero out all of his cancer, and unfortunately, his healthy cells. He will then be hospitalized for 6-8 weeks while he gets the transplant. Once done recovering, he will have follow up appointments until he is ready to come home.
The bone marrow transplant specialist flew from California to meet with us today to discuss his progress and the transplant process. He will be tentatively scheduled for the transplant in late July or early August. We will have to travel to Oakland, CA for his transplant, this procedure is not available here in Nevada. We will be in Oakland for approximately 3-6 months! We will have to alternate every couple of weeks, with one parent in Vegas and the other in Oakland.
We need your love and support now more than ever. Please continue to pray for his healing and our strength. Please share our story with your friends & coworkers. We pray his story will touch someone's life.
Thank you for your donations, love, hugs & kisses. ♥
This photo of Taylor was during an 8 hour chemo session this week. He refused to sit down while getting treatment. We are thankful his spirit is strong. :-)
We're on our way to to the hospital today. Taylor is scheduled for another round of aggressive chemo this week. This med makes his blood pressure drop, so he'll be in the PICU to be monitored closely.
There is still no match for Taylor's bone marrow. If you have a couple minutes, please go to www.marrow.org and sign up to be a donor. They'll send you out a kit to swab your cheek and you'll be added to the registry.
How awesome would it be if Taylor's donor was a friend, family member or anyone who knows our story?! Please help us by forwarding this email to a couple of your friends on your email list. You never know who may be able to help.
Thank you for your prayers, donations and kind words. We need all of them! We pray we will have good news to report soon. Please keep praying for us and his complete and total healing. ♥
This is Cooper, Taylor's big kid friend. He was diagnosed a couple of weeks before Taylor. He is being hospitalized today as well. They exchanged pictures so they can "hold each other's hand" as Taylor says.
When I catch myself feeling tired, I look at my small boy and imagine what he must feel like. He's about to be sedated for another bone marrow biopsy. His counts are too low to even get the chemo scheduled for this week. Please keep Team Hammond in your prayers. We know God is able.
It's been a while since we've posted an update. We have had a lot going on in the last couple weeks.
We've just moved into our new home. We are blessed to be much closer to the hospital now. It's an increase in bills, but we have faith that we'll be able to make it, with the help of our family and friends.
Right as we were moving, Taylor was scheduled for 2 weeks of straight chemo. This was taxing on his body and our family. We are grateful for the strength to get through it.
He is doing weekly chemo right now. He will be hospitalized again in the next couple weeks for another treatment with an aggressive chemo drug. It lowers his blood pressure, so it's better for him to be constantly monitored in the PICU, by the professionals.
You may have noticed the dip in our fundraising total. Our largest donation was refunded and pulled directly from our account. This was unexpected, but due to no fault of our own. We tried to contact the family, but we were unable to reach them. We are unsure why this happened, but are confident in knowing we are doing the right thing.
We've learned that when you do the right thing, sometimes you come up against opposition/drama/issues just to test your faith and those around you. Our car broke down last week and will cost $1250 to get back. All we could do is chuckle and pray. We are undeterred and know it will be taken care of, eventually. He always sends what we need.
Thank you again to all who have donated and prayed on our behalf. He is hearing and doing all in our favor. We are humbled by everyone's concern and generosity.
I'll update on a more regular basis. Our foster baby turns one this weekend. I"ll send photos from his little celebration. :-)
Have a great week!
After 5 days in the PICU, Taylor had 8 hours of chemo today. The awesome people from NCCF & Candlelighters help to keep him busy with activities. We are grateful for their help & yours. The meds took their toll on him this afternoon, his first severe reaction. He is resting now, gearing up for the next two weeks of daily chemo. We were blessed to find a home near the hospital with a bedroom on the bottom floor. He is having trouble walking up stairs. We plan on moving in a couple days. Please keep praying for his strength and ours during this time of transition. ♥
We found out today that Taylor should be in remission, but is not. He is going to need a bone marrow transplant, aggressive chemo and radiation. I need everyone to share our story to bring awareness to the need for Black Bone Marrow Donors. Taylor is biracial, mixed with African American and Asian. This is a very specific type of marrow. Please share this link to your friends and encourage them to share to their friends. Someone out there can help a person like Taylor, or maybe even help him directly. To register all you need is a mouth swab. It's easy and quick.
Thank you for your continued support of Team Hammond during this time. Please keep praying for us.
Mexico, England, Cali, Mississippi, Florida, Nevada, Oklahoma & Washington have blessed us! We are so grateful for the love, prayers & donations we have received. This is his first set of home meds. I'd rather give him those bananas in the background. I'm sure His cure is in the produce section.
I stood next to Dr. B today while be performed another spinal tap and bone marrow biopsy on Taylor. That was a mistake. I'm not squeamish, I'm a mother. So as I try to pull myself back together, he wakes up from the anesthesia all nonchalant like "Ma, my butt burns." Not a tear, then took his chemo like a champ. Brian calls me Nicole "The Hard-Way" Hammond. Lesson learned: Leave it to the professionals.
Thanks to the pirates from @TIvegas for making Taylor's day! He was so happy, as were the other children on the floor. You all were amazing and lifted his spirits. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
We hit $1000!!! Thank you to everyone who has donated, prayed, called and texted. You are a blessing to us.
Taylor Update: He is having another blood transfusion right now. Some have asked his blood type. He is A . After his transfusion he will have another round of chemo later this afternoon. This photo is of his medical doll. He calls him Gingerbread Man. He has a port on his chest just like Taylor. It helps him cope when procedures are done to him. Please keep sending him love. Thank you again!
Team Hammond is a foster and adoptive family from Las Vegas, Nevada. We have adopted four small special needs children out of foster care over the past 4 years. We also currently foster two babies for a grand total of 6 little ones, ages 8 and under. Our family was featured on our local CBS affiliate during one of our adoptions. News link www.tinyurl.com/teamhammond1
One of our super hero sons, Taylor, has been diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. He is the bravest boy we know. He is currently hospitalized and receiving a mix of intensive inpatient and outpatient chemotherapy. We are grateful that he is under the care of one of the top Pediatric Hematologists/Oncologists in the nation.
We have no doubt that he will beat this. He is a tough boy, but as sweet and genuine as only a child can be. He is in good spirits and loves all the well wishes he has received. He hates the pokes and pricks, but loves the popsicles and pudding. He enjoys watching SpongeBob, Wipeout & The Cosby Show. He is in Kindergarten and just received a card from his classmates that he looks at every day.
Our friends and family have shown us so much support. We have set up this page to allow all of those who wish to help us during this journey. Every dollar, prayer, well wish, and good thought has not and will not go unnoticed. Every donation is appreciated, no matter how big or small. All donations go to helping offset all related costs of Taylor's care.
We love and appreciate all of you. If you have watched our journey, you know there is a greater good at work in this family. This situation will not stop us. It will make us more determined and solidified to continue the work we have started in our children.
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