Our friends, Stephanie and Kevin McKeon recently had their world turned upside down with news that their sweet little boy, Cole, has Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. Please read a post from Kevin below:'
Our happy and seemingly healthy son Cole was just diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. It is a fast moving cancer that is in a form of a tumor near a kidney and it's already moved away to take on more space. This came as a complete shock to us since he showed no significant signs of being sick. After investigating a stiff neck, something didn't "sit right" with our amazing pediatrician and she ordered blood-work. Follow up blood work in the Hackensack ER turned from just anemia to a small mass on his kidney to a CT Scan that showed a much bigger problem. Every corner we have turned has been devastating.
We are currently residents of the Pediatric Oncology Department at Hackensack University Medical Center and are being treated by a very very large team of Doctors, NPs, Nurses, Techs, and more specialists than you can imagine. It'a a great team and great hospital and we are confident that we are in very good hands.
It's going to be a long year or more. What we need from you is thoughts and prayers. Don't feel sorry for us. Feel positive and optimistic that Cole makes it through this with as little difficulty as possible.
Hug your kids, go donate blood, and let us be the ones to lose sleep over this news, not you. Life will go on and Cole will be a part of it for a very very long time.'It is time to rally for our loved ones.
With the support of their family and friends, Kevin’s colleagues from the Ridgewood Police Department, and Stephanie’s colleagues from the Bullock School in Montclair (CHB), Steph and Kevin will be able to spend the time they need with Cole and not worry about much else.
We are dedicating this page to fund everyday expenses for Cole's treatment in addition to ongoing medical costs. We are grateful for each contribution, as this page is not solely intended for financial reasons, but can also serve as a platform to show support for Cole, Stephanie and Kevin. 'When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure '#ColesCrew