Jackson Alaric Whittington was born on December 21, 2016.
In mid-May of 2017 I took Jackson to our local ER with fear of him being really sick. Upon x-rays the doctor said he only had bronchiolitis. We finished prescribed treatment and Jackson was better. A week later our family moved to Georgia and Jackson got sick again.
We proceeded to go to our local ER where they said he had pneumonia. Upon finishing that prescribed treatment, Jackson did not get any better. We thought he had severe allergies and talked about taking him to see an allergist.
On June 29, 2017, Jackson was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) with hepatomegaly (enlarged liver), nephromegaly (enlarged kidneys), spleenomegaly (enlarged spleen), anemia, and thrombocytopenia (decreased number of platelets). Jackson is currently at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta receiving chemotherapy/steroid treatments with an outlook of hospitalization anywhere between 8 months to 2.5 years for complete treatment.
The second Jackson was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) he had to have his entire blood volume (1,120mL) taken out of his body to be replaced with good blood that did not contain leukemic white blood cells. Currently he is on chemotherapy treatments and will be transferred to the Aflac Hematology/Oncolgy Inpatient Unit at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Jackson and his parents will be rotating hospital stays for 5 weeks and getting to go home for 1 week until all the cancer cells are killed and Jackson is completely treated.
We know we have a long journey ahead of us with numerous hospital bills that will be rolling in, gas needed for transportation to and from the hospital/work for his parents, along with expenses for food while during hospitalization. Any little bit will help with our expenses and prayers are always appreciated!