Griffin Greenwalt is a 3 year boy, full of life, full of spunk and full of funny comments!
On Friday, Feb 8, Griff's mom Jayden (my niece) rushed him to Anne Arundel Medical Center due to an extreme amount of pain that Griff was experiencing in his side. Scans revealed a growth on his kidney the size of an orange, and a devastating diagnosis of Wilms Tumor, which is a type of childhood cancer that starts in the kidneys. Griff was promptly rushed to Johns Hopkins via ambulance (which he thought was super cool!) and underwent a battery of scans, tests and blood work.
On Saturday, Feb 9, Griff underwent a 6 hour surgery to remove the tumor and his entire kidney. Our hopes for the tumor to be contained were dashed with the news that the tumor had burst and the cancer has spread to Griff's abdomen.
The near future for Griff, Jayden and Griff's father Tyler is going to be grueling. Griff will remain at JHU for the next week while he recovers from surgery. He will then begin a treatment plan of daily radiation and chemotherapy for the next 3+ months.
The emotional impact of this is staggering enough, but the economic impact will be an added level of unneeded stress and anxiety for Jayden and Tyler. Because Griff will be unable to return to daycare until he is healthy, someone will need to be with him around the clock and of course, transporting him to and from his radiation and chemotherapy treatments. This means that it's likely Jayden will be unable to return to her job FT, and with that loss of income and the medical costs of all that has happened in the last 48 hours and all that is to come, they will no doubt be under a huge financial burden.
Please help rally around these young parents and provide them support in any way you can – whether it be a financial donation or by simply adding them to your continual prayers. Thank you for your prayers and support!