Help Ash Smash Brain Cancer

What matters most

Two years ago, this was our world. Ashton with Mom, Dad and little brother Grayson. Happy, healthy and and full of life. Every day was a joy to watch our children grow; excited for the life that we were going to create together….

Something is not right

On November 16, 2017, life as we knew it, as Ashton knew, changed. Ashton had recently been complaining of headaches leading up to that day. We didn’t think much of it because he was still “Ashton”. Happy, inquisitive, ready to learn something new and ready to play. His condition suddenly worsened. He began to vomit, lose his balance and his eyes were starting to go crossed. We immediately took him to the local hospital where we were told that there was something seriously wrong and that we needed to take him to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital right away. The doctors performed an MRI and they discovered multiple tumors growing on his brain. In an instant, our worst nightmare became a reality. Ashton has brain cancer.     
The long road to recovery

On November 20, Ashton underwent brain surgery to remove a large tumor on his cerebellum, as this was the immediate concern to his health. After the procedure, the doctors diagnosed Ashton with Medulloblastoma. This is a very rare form of cancer with roughly 250 cases a year. The doctors determined that the remaining tumors can be treated with high dose chemo and possible radiation for the next 7-8 months.

Stronger together

The cost of the treatment is astronomical and the funds are inaccessible to us. Alone, we cannot provide the funds needed to cure our son, so that he may live a full life. We have turned to crowdfunding as our only hope. With all of your help, Ashton will have the best chance at survival and recovery. Please help spread the word and if it is within your means, please contribute. Help us get back to this….

Let’s help Ash smash brain cancer!
Thank you.

Steve Paladino, Ashton's father, is the sole beneficiary of this campaign.
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 22 mos
  • Robert Whitaker 
    • $50 
    • 30 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 31 mos
  • Cam Williams 
    • $10 
    • 31 mos
  • Shannon Crockett 
    • $25 
    • 31 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Nicholas Johnston 
Nashville, TN
Steve Paladino 
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