Fletcher the Fighter
Fletcher has been really sick lately, and after some tests at TMH, they transferred us to Shands PICU Monday night via ambulance.
After meeting with his team here in the PICU and a bone marrow biopsy, we now know he has cancer. It is B-cell lymphoma.
Please pray for our boy as he starts chemo today and continue to pray for all of us.
This is devastating news and our hearts are broken. But we are holding strong to our faith that God will heal him.
Becca and Stephen were just told by the doctor that Fletcher has B-cell Lymphoma. He will undergo 6 months of Chemotherapy at Shands in Gainesville. This cancer and the treatment needed to beat it will affect him the rest of his life. Please consider helping this sweet sweet family fight cancer for their sweet 5 year old boy, by taking off some of the stress of the outrageous medical bills that are sure to come. Every dollar that you donate will go straight to Fletcher's medical bills.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for considering to help the Huddleston family.
When he first arrived at Shands Fletcher's bone marrow was 90% cancer cells. Since the cancer cells were present in both his blood and his bone marrow his diagnosis was Burkitt's Leukemia, with the cancer starting as Lymphoma. This is the one of the most aggressive forms of cancer with cancer cells doubling every 24 hours. His initial treatment did a great job of targeting and killing those cancer cells unfortunately, his body was not able to process all those dead cells and he got tumor lysis syndrome. He had to be put on a breathing tube and had multiple rounds of dialysis to help his body clear the dead cancer cells. He was on the breathing tube for almost a month and was very critical. We were very, very close to losing our sweet boy. During this time he was unable to continue with treatment for his cancer due to being so sick. He slowly began to get better and was able to come off of the great tube and resume treatment. All of this took place in the PICU so when he was well enough to be transferred to the regular pediatric cancer floor (42 Peds) it was cause for celebration.
Once he was transferred to 42 Peds Fletcher continued to improve. After being in bed for so long physical and occupational therapy became a big part of his life. He continued to receive chemo, both intravenously and through injections directly into his spinal column. Once his counts recovered enough after each round Fletcher was allowed to leave the hospital and come to our Gainesville home until his next round. We filled these times with as much fun as possible, visits to the butterfly rainforest, frog exhibits, wildlife parks in the area, and lots of great home cooked meals.
As he approaches his last round of treatment, Fletcher is looking forward to getting back to Tallahassee and starting Kindergarten in the Fall. Once home he'll still have monthly clinic visits and scans every three months, but at least he'll be home. Thank you again for all of the prayers, good thoughts, and support.