Kaleo is a 3 year old little boy who loves playing outside, his friends, his school, worms and mostly his Mommy and Daddy, Tiara and Andrew.
On October 26th, Kaleo was sent home from school with a fever and was complaining about his tummy and leg. For 4 weeks, he was taken back and forth to the doctor with an ongoing fever. His pediatrician originally determined that he just had an ear infection and treated him accordingly but his fever was not going away. On the 9th of November, he was taken to the Emergency Room where they drew blood and ran tests and determined that he had a slight case of anemia and sent him home. 4 days after that, he was back in the Emergency Room with fever. They took chest X-rays and did not find Pneumonia. He was sent home once again with Ibuprofen. That night he woke up crying about stomach and leg pain which continued through November 22nd, Thanksgiving Day. Once again, Tiara and Andrew took him to the Emergency Room to have X-Ray's done of his abdomen. It was there that the doctor ordered an ultrasound to check for Appendicitis... and discovered a mass.
Kaleo's parents were given the most terrifying news possible, he has Neuroblastoma cancer. Neuroblastoma is an extremely rare cancer that affects children, mostly under the age of 5 years old. There are fewer than 1,000 cases diagnosed in the US each year. Symptoms include lumps of tissue under the skin, back pain, fever, wheezing and weight loss. Treatment includes surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy.
He was transferred to MD Anderson Children's Hospital and had a port put in so he could start Chemotherapy right away. His current treatment regimen is 5 days of Chemo, two weeks of recovery and then 5 more days of Chemo- over and over again until they are able to do surgery. The tumor is aggressive and has it's own blood supply so they will not be able to do surgery until the tumor hopefully shrinks it enough for it to be removed, even partially. Further testing revealed that the cancer is also in his bone marrow and he is considered to be high risk.
Before we go any further, I want to tell you about this family. I have known them for so many years and they are my chosen family. Kaleo's Mom, Tiara, and I danced Hula together for a long time. She is an amazing woman and Mother. She is so in tune with Kaleo and his needs that I personally do not believe that this would have been caught so early had she not been so persistent. She is a hard worker and just a beautiful human. I love her like a sister and consider her to be just that! I have known Kaleo's Daddy, Drew, since he was in high school. We both named our son's after a mutual friend that passed away of cancer in 2009 and I'm sure that he is reliving every second of the fear we felt when we lost Sam to the same evil disease.
This is where we come in: Tiara and Drew need our help. This will be a long fight and they both have already taken a lot of work off to find out what was wrong with their baby. They have no idea what tomorrow will bring and I want to make sure that they can focus everything they have on Kaleo and his recovery and not worry about their mortgage and household bills, not to mention the medical expenses that, even with insurance, Kaleo's care is going to cost. They need to be able to stay with their little boy and we can help make sure they can do just that.
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Due to the nature of this disease, Kaleo’s immunity is low and will be even lower once Chemo begins. If you are sick, please wait until you are fully well to make a visit. And once you arrive, please sanatize your hands before entering his room or touching anything in his room. Thank you!