Super-Silas Kicks Cancer

$15,101 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 155 people in 19 months
Jaclyn Munro
on behalf of Stephanie Walsh
 BRISTOL, CT
Hey everyone- so as most of you have heard, one of our dear friends, Stephanie Walsh, recently received the devastating news that her 6 year old son, Silas, has T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

On April 18, 2017, Silas was admitted to Connecticut Children's Medical Center, where he began an intensive whirlwind of tests and procedures. He has recently started chemotherapy treatments while they await further results.

Thankfully- Silas has a resilient and joyful spirit- and has tapped into his inner superhero ( as passed on in an early update from Steph)...
" Not shockingly, Silas has been kicking ass and taking names. Making the staff laugh, blasting his playlist, dancing around and nearly ripping his IV out every 5 minutes and keeping us smiling. He is a HUGE music fan and one of his favorites right now is Bad Blood from the upcoming Lego Ninjago Movie. We decided to explain to him that we are now calling this our home away from home for a while, because his blood is bad and with the help of the doctors, we are here to fight it. So, with his theme song engaged, like every Super Hero needs, he is ready to do just that!"

At present, they are preparing for a lengthly hospital stay while Silas receives the treatments he needs to get better. The goal of this campaign is to lessen some of the financial stress, so the family can focus on healing.

I know that we all have big love for Steph, Chris, Silas, Zack and family and are hoping there is something we can do to help. Our online community extends far and wide, and although we are scattered around the globe, I believe we can come together to show our support.

Any amount you can contribute is appreciated. But also equally important, is positive thoughts, prayers, and encouragement! Oh- and fun mail for Silas to keep him smiling :)

You got this Silas Rocket!
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Super Silas is now on day 26 of the second phase of his treatment, "Consolidation". He wasn't able to go in to complete remission during his Induction phase unfortunately, so he was put on the intermediate arm of treatment which will include more intense chemotherapy, hospital stays and an extra bone marrow test on the last day of Consolidation, day 56, which will hopefully show that he is in remission.

As I type this, Silas and his parents are sitting in their hospital room on the 15th day of their second hospital admission. After 3 visits to the ER for fevers, he was admitted due to fever and neutropenia on June 4th and has been on antibiotics 24/7 since. He won't be able to leave until his counts show an upward trend for a minimum of 48 hours, so all they can do is wait. :(

On June 6th, Silas had a spinal tap, chemo to his brain and 2 other chemos which according to Stephanie "All went well up until the last chemotherapy, when he had an allergic reaction. He started grabbing at his throat, turning red all over his body and saying he couldn't breathe. The room filled up with doctors and nurses and he was given an epi shot, hydrocortisone and Benadryl which will be given every 6 hours for the next 24 hours. He's sleeping now and doing ok, but won't be able to be given peg-asparaginase again (the chemo he reacted to) and instead, will need a different chemo that will require 6 shots for every one dose of the one he should have been getting."
She was later told by his doctor that over the next few months, he will need a total of 84 shots in his little thighs to replace the chemotherapy that he had the allergic reaction to.

Needless to say, it's been a tough 2 months for Silas and his family since he was diagnosed on April 18th, but he continues to surprise them with his strength, bravery, and silly antics. Steph says "We've learned a few fun things along the way, birthdays in the hospital aren't totally miserable if you're with a cute little man, the ER has epic Star Wars plushes, Silas looks like Chicken Little in his dad's glasses, tortillas make great Buffalo Bill costumes, and Fidget Spinners can be spun on your butt cheek. You're welcome"

Besides being a Superhero and totally silly, Silas is also a heck of an artist. One of their friends has set up a Society6 page and a RedBubble page for him featuring some of his Superhero artwork on merchandise. Silas gets a small portion of each sale but more importantly, is so excited to see his designs on all of the wonderful products and people using them!
Steph and Chris are hoping it gets his creative juices flowing and keeps him focused more and more on fun things and less on the tough stuff he’s facing each day.

Society6: https://society6.com/silasrocket
Redbubble: bit.ly/silasrocket

There are so many different products to choose from on both sites, so make sure to click "More From This Artist" on Society6 and "Filter Results" on Redbubble to see all of the products available with his art and support Super Silas!!

Thank you for all of your donations and shares so far, let's keep sharing and helping this little Superhero!!
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Erica E Abeling
19 months ago

Silas is the best nephew, son , grandson, friend a person can have. His goofy personality has made us smile during the toughest times. He's a true fighter that's going to kick this Leukemia's ass. Mom and dad are overwhelmed with the generosity and amount of people offering a helping hand during this difficult time. They appreciate all of this more than they even know how to admit. Thank you all so much, Erica

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Raised by 155 people in 19 months
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Erica E Abeling
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Silas is the best nephew, son , grandson, friend a person can have. His goofy personality has made us smile during the toughest times. He's a true fighter that's going to kick this Leukemia's ass. Mom and dad are overwhelmed with the generosity and amount of people offering a helping hand during this difficult time. They appreciate all of this more than they even know how to admit. Thank you all so much, Erica

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