On Saturday, June 4 2016, Cole was taken to hospital after experiencing some bleeding coming from his ear and having little red spots on his body. The doctor did blood work, and told Carrie he had leukemia. He was immediately sent to Edmonton Stollery Children's Hospital. He has 7 months of intensive treatment, and 3 years of treatment at home/sometimes hospital. He was diagnosed with high risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The diagnosis was scary and unexpected, and could've become fatal within weeks. He has had a bone marrow extraction, a spinal tap to ensure there was no leukemia cells present in his spinal fluid, and also received a semi-permanent IV that is implanted in his chest. He is expected to experience many side effects from the chemo, such as losing his hair, amongst many other side effects, and potentially very serious side effects. He has a long road to recovery ahead of him.
Cole is a happy 3 year old boy who loves Minions, Paw Patrol, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Lego. He loves watching netflix and riding motorcycles with his grandpa. Cole is a cheerful, funny boy who loves playing outside with his big brother Chris, who suffers from Autism. Cole attends a preschool program called Brighter Beginnings. He will be turning 4 on August 27th.
Let's help his family alleviate some stress so they have the ability to be by his side during this difficult time. His parents Codi Baptiste and Carrie Gallop have been with him in Edmonton since the moment they found out and plan to be by his side every step of the way. Carrie was about to start a new job, which was going to afford them the ability to do the house maintenance they need, as well as cover other expenses that are coming up. She is now unable to take the new job, as Cole needs her by his side. Please know your donations will go to good use, and will not be taken for granted.
Thank you all for your amazing support and prayers! It is truly appreciated!