Taylor has had a rough few days. We ran up to the clinic for labs and ended up at the hospital for a chest xray. We were able to visit our friend Cooper and his mom, Mary. He's been in PICU for a few days and needs serious prayer.
We were all supposed to be at the awesome Candlelighters Superhero 5k event this morning, celebrating our kids & their fight. This cancer life can be so unpredictable and no fun at times.
Please continue to pray for our superhero as he fights the greatest battle of his little life.
Taylor had a spinal tap without sedation this morning. Today was much better than the last time. Sue sang him camp songs & Jackie held him tight while Dr.B drained 3 vials of spinal fluid and inserted chemo directly to his spine. We don't take his strength for granted. We thank God for each and every day he is well and with us. We thank God for your support and love as well! Please keep praying for us.
A little #tbt Throwback Thursday video of Taylor, dancing his heart out to Can You Feel It, by the Jackson 5. This boy loves to cut a rug! This was right after he was released from the hospital. We are so blessed he can bounce back in good spirits.
We challenge you to #justkeepdancing to help spread awareness for Pediatric Cancer Research and Funding.
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!
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.