Many have asked how they can help support our family. To this end, it was suggested to set up a GoFundMe account for AJ which allows people like YOU to donate to us. All donations made on this site go directly to us and anything helps. No contribution is too small.
On June 18, AJ appeared scatter brained, imbalanced and had slurred speech. After being seen by the pediatrician, she sent us directly to the ER. After blood work and a CT scan, we waited for results. The doctors determined that there was a mass (tumor) in his brain stem. He was immediately admitted into Wolfson's hospital where he then had an MRI and more bloodwork completed. Later, the experts came around and gave us the details about the tumor also known as DIPG. Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma is a cancerous tumor that embeds itself in the pons of the brain stem. Because the brainstem is the center of all essential functions for life, surgery is too risky and not an option.
We were completely devastated when doctors gave us a prognosis of 5-9% survival rate. As of now, he has been placed on daily radiation for 6- 8 weeks. We then have the option to seek eligibility for a medical study. Most importantly we ask that you keep us in your prayers because God works miracles and we believe that AJ is a miracle. Medicine can only go so far, but we know that God can heal him.
Thank you everyone for your thoughts, generosity, and prayers for our son Adrian "AJ". #ajsoars#prayperformpersist
-filled with faith, hope and optimism.
Adrian and Angela Peterson
Posted by Angela Bailey Peterson
Posted by Angela Bailey Peterson
Our son, AJ, is in heaven. We messaged this minutes after his chest rose and fell for the very last time. AJ has accomplished more in 7 years than many of us ever will- in a lifetime. He has reached hundreds of thousands, near and far. Although he is no longer here physically, we will forever be changed for he has taught us all life-long lessons. We are blessed- YES!
We were not only granted the blessing of witnessing him take his first breath as he entered into this world, but we laid with him in our arms and released our first born to eternity as he took his last breath as well. Of course we were hesitant to let go; we were forced to say goodbye to our child forever. But, we knew God would be faithful to welcome him home.
Today, understandably, we could be tangled up in all sorts of negative emotions. Instead, we are feeling blessed-YES!!! Of course there are tears and sometimes a weight, a crushing weight that makes it hard to breathe. “He was just a kid!! Why a kid? Take me instead!”
There is a plan. There is a purpose. We could be mad at cancer today for tainting our family, robbing our AJ of all that he should have become...all that he could have become, yes we could be mad-and we will be, but today, we are feeling blessed-YES!!!
This is all beyond AJ.
So much bigger than the cancer that sent our angel on to heaven approximately 8 months post diagnosis- We said this when AJ was first diagnosed and the Pastor reminded the congregation yesterday during the Home going services- This isn't about AJ (as he panned his palms towards the casket). AJ is sitting in heaven! He made it! This is so much bigger. This is about us. This is about you and I. Our mission is to try and get there with him. - Do you know know Jesus? Does Jesus know you?
We are so blessed to have you-our God, our family, friends and the amazing support system around us. Without you, we would feel defeated- sinking to rise no more; but, instead, today, we are blessed-YES!!! and still holding on. AJ, job well done- we salute you.
First. I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the Peterson Family. Losing a loved one is never easy and especially a child. May God send his angels of comfort. To Rhonda Barrett and Cindy Levana not that it matters but you are referring to the wrong Adrian Peterson. Further, Its very heartless to inquire or make a comment about someone finances when they are grieving and in need of assistance. I can only imagine how difficult it was in the first place to even ask. Please leave that talk for the water cooler or Facebook ranting. God Bless.
Continued prayer for your and your family
First off, my condolences go out to this family and their loved ones. As for Rhonda Barrett, you're confusing him with another NFL player who has the same name. Have some respect, and do your research next time before throwing in your useless opinion.
Although this is so very tragic and I have deepest sympathy for their loss I don't know why they need 50k when his annual salary I'd $28million. They have insurance through the nfl league. So I agree with Cindy.
Hope you are doing well and that God's comforting grace is making your days a little easier- keeping you and your family in prayer
You are all in my prayers. I am so blessed that you know the Lord and your A.J. is with Him. I look forward to meeting him.
My deepest sympathies to you and your family. May God blessing you for sharing your story to others. Your words may be the encouragement another grieving family can use!!
Your family is in my thoughts and prayers! The bravery of your son and your family is an inspiration to us all!
This is so sad that anyone would question why they would need the money. His child has cancer and the medical is by far not cheap. My daughter has leukemia and has been battling since August 2013 her medical bills exceed 2 million dollars. My heart goes out to this family and I pray that you all find peace an comfort in the days ahead. God Bless you all and your little angel!
Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.
Sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.
I can not afford to leave a monetary donation at this time. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers! My son is my world, I could not imagine the pain you must feel. My heart breaks for you. I am so sorry.
So sorry for your loss. My daughter Ciara lost a close friend who was also 7 to DIPG. You had a fighter Destiny was diagnosed on Thursday and passed away early they morning before her first radiation treatment. Anyways just letting you know you are not alone in this world and sending condolences during such a hard time in you lives.
I am so sorry for your loss. Precious A.J. has gained his angel wings and is soaring cancer free in Heaven! Take solace in knowing that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord! My prayers and condolences are extended to you.
Cindy Levana why is it any of your concern?!? Everyone needs help at one point or another in life. Did you not read he has 4 kids, plus all them doctor bills & etc.. That stuff adds up!!!
Why would millionaire need funding?
"I'll lend you for a little while a child of mine," He said. "For you to love while he lives, and mourn when he is dead. "It may be six or seven years, or seventy-two or three. "But will you till I call him back, take care of him for me? "He'll bring his charms to gladden you, and shall his stay be brief, You'll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief. "I cannot promise he will stay, as all from earth return, "But there are lessons taught down there I want this child to learn. "I've looked the whole wide world over in my search for my teachers true, "And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes, I have chosen you. "Now will you give him all your love - not think the labor vain? "Nor hate me when I come to call to take him back again? "I fancied that I heard them say 'Dear Lord, thy will be done'. "For all the joy this child shall bring, the risk of grief we'll run. "And we'll shower him with the tenderness and love while we may, "And for the happiness we've known, forever grateful stay. "But should the angels call for him, much sooner than we planned, we'll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand." May God be with you and bless you during this most difficult time.
So sorry for the loss of your precious son, I lost my 4 year old nephew on Feb, 26, 2001 from a brain tumor and I still miss him every day. My prayers are with your family in this very difficult time. May God be with you.
Many prayers to your family.....We too, have a son (9) who has a brain tumor & faces complications everyday. God doesn't promise an easy life, but He definitely promises to love us & will carry us through the storm. AJ is now in Heaven cancer free completely healed....healing comes in many ways & sometimes God's healing is given by calling them home. We'll pray for peace, understanding & comfort during a very difficult time. Hugs to you all as I know this is difficult. ....From Chris & Elisha Thompson....search Courageous Christopher on FB to read more about our son!