Give for Gavin
On Monday April 3, 2017, the Lledo's received the devastating news that no parent ever wants to hear. Their son Gavin, 3 years old, has been diagnosed with Retinoblastoma, (eye cancer). Within one week they were teamed up with a highly skilled group of Doctors in Phildelphia. In order to save Gavin's life he will be undergoing surgical procedures on April 12 and will begin his long road to recovery.
Jamie and Rodrigo Lledo are two loving parents to not only Gavin but also their son Mason, 8 months old. Your support means so much to Jamie, Rodrigo, Gavin, Mason and the entire family. Funds raised will directly go towards expenses for the journey ahead.
We all love the Lledo family very much and want to assist them through this unfortunate time, without having to worry about anything else other than Gavin.
Jamie & Rodrigo
Jamie and Rodrigo
fast forward to this week...
On Monday, we had a few doctor appointments. First we went to the dentist for Gavin. When I got there I had to fill out updated paperwork for them. I must say, writing down that my child had cancer is such an out of body experience. It still doesn't feel real. I hate cancer. Of course, the doctor had a ton of questions for me before Gavin could get seen. It's hard to relive this story over and over without getting choked up. Gavin gets a lot of anxiety when he sees doctors. Our poor baby has been through a lot and he gets very scared. This appointment was no different. His dental cleaning involved many tears, hand holding and hugs. It breaks my heart how scared and anxious he gets. Thankfully our dentist is extremely child friendly and it was over quickly.
The next appointment was a trip to our local ophthalmologist. This appointment was for Gavin's baby brother to have his eyes checked again. It has been 3 months since his last eye exam. Without going into to much detail, let's just say it it was not a pleasant experience. I don't think having to hold down either of my babies while they go through this will ever get easier on me. Luckily, Masons eyes look good and we are so thankful for that. The doctor and office staff was so happy to see Gavin. This was their first time seeing him with his magic eye and they thought he looked great. Gavin was so worried about Mason during this appointment. He hated hearing his baby cry. It was a stressful day to say the least.
On Wednesday we headed to our pediatrician. Gavin had to be seen for his pre-op. He had a good appointment and was cleared for our big week. He was such a good patient! He definitely feels the most comfortable around her. I had an opportunity to look into Gavin's right eye with her while the lights were off. She knows how worried I am so it was comforting to see red reflex.
We leave on Monday for Philadelphia. We are scared, nervous, losing sleep but hopeful. Gavin will be seeing his pediatric oncologist and his ocular oncologist. On Wednesday, he will be getting put under anesthesia to have an in depth exam on his right eye. This eye has been clear of tumors and we are praying that nothing has changed. Please take a moment and say a prayer for Gavin and pray that everything goes well for us. We are also hoping to get back his genetic testing results. It has been a long wait.
When we return we will be joining our family and friends at Chick fil a. Our good friends have organized a spirit night in honor of Gavin. The event is on July 25th at the Deerfield Beach location. Please come out and enjoy a meal and mention Gavin's name at the register. I will attach the flyer below. Gavin can't wait to meet the cow! We hope to see you there. Thank you all so much for supporting us. Please share the flyer with your family and friends.
Jamie and Rodrigo
Prayers to you and your family❤️
Jamie so happy to hear the doctor who created Gavin's eye is what you had hoped for. So glad you are all pleased with the prosthetic eye. So happy Gavin did so well with all of this and that he is swimming and in camp! Thanks for the update! Prayers continue for you all!
My heart goes out to all of you. You're learning and bonding even more everyday. I am an RN ( before becoming a music teacher) and worked on the post-op eye floor. I understand what you are going through and yes it is scary. But I know you will all get through this . Sending love and healing prayers to all of you. Tell Gavin Ms. Andy misses him. Xoxoxoxoxo
I love your smile, tough guy. I miss singing with you in class. Sending prayers for you everyday. Love, Miss Andy
My prayers are with your precious little boy and your family.
My prayers are with your family. Stay strong!