Ashton is 5 years old. He was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, or AML, type 1, on March 30th, 2014. The rate for a cure is 50-65%. The remission rate is 90%, which includes a 5 year term of remission. Right now, Ashton is fighing for his life. He's had blood transfusions, platelet transfusions, a spinal tap, a bone marrow aspiration, a Hickman Subcutaneous port implanted, and he has already started an aggressive regime of Chemotherapy; all in a 4 day period. The doctor told us to expect to see Ashton in ICU at least once during his treatment; we did not expect to see him there the very next day, April 2nd. He had an adverse reaction to his surgery. His airway was nearly closed and he was panicking and gasping for air, thrashing around the bed, cords and lines tangling and he was just terrified. The doctors call this "air hunger".
Ashton will be getting 6 to 8 months of chemotherapy. Initially, he will receive ten days of chemotherapy beginning April 1(day 3) with a one-week break before resuming therapy. If at three months, his progress is not satisfactory, they will revaluate his treatment plan as well as the possibility of a bone marrow transplant.
Ashton is the strongest boy I know and is fighting harder than any grown man. All Ashton can do is fight. It is up to us to ensure he is recieving the best care possible. However, the best care comes at an expensive price. Please help us to fight this fight with him. Even with insurance and the participation in a study, the financial burden is extreme. We need all the help we can get, so even a little bit helps.
Thank you for all your prayers and thoughts. They are felt each and every day.