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Wyatt Fights AcuteMyeloid Leukemia

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Raised by 193 people in 10 months
Created May 2, 2018
29606378_1538588267326184_r.jpegWyatt Leroy Craven, son of Michael and Chrissy (McKinney) Craven, was diagnosed on Monday, April 30th with Leukemia. He has an aggressive form—rare in children—Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). 50% to 60% of children beat AML. Wyatt is a strong five year old with a supportive family and a good team of doctors.

Yesterday (May 1st) Wyatt had four blood transfusions, and a platelet transfusion.

Today (May 2nd) Wyatt underwent surgery to take a samples of his bone marrow, place chemo into his spinal fluid, and to place a central line for chemotherapy. Surgery went well and Wyatt started his first round of chemotherapy this evening. 

Wyatt’s therapy will require that he stay in the hospital for 6 months or longer. If his immune system allows it, he could possibly go home for a short time each month (up to 7 days), before returning to the hospital.

This page has been set up to help with Wyatt’s expenses for several reasons.  

1. The Craven's will have many deductibles, and other medical expenses associated with Wyatt's care and treatment. 

2. The Craven's reside in Fairview, UT and are having to commute to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT.  Michael will be communting 4 hours total to visit Wyatt and still take care of, and be with his other children at home. Some funds will be used for fuel. 

3. An RN will be required to visit Wyatt at home for lab draws, if he is allowed to return home for the few days each month between his rounds of chemo. Wyatt will require medical supplies for home care such as dressing changes, and line supplies. 

We appreciate all who are able to donate, but most importantly we’d appreciate your prayers on behalf of Wyatt, his parents and siblings.

Thank you. Truly.

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Needing prayers right now. If you could spare a few minutes to offer one for our little boy we would be forever grateful.
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I posted this to our stories, but I think everyone should see it and know what a hard fight Wyatt has fought and everyone should see his smile, through a very difficult journey.
Yesterday was the hardest day of our lives, we were taken into a small room with our Oncologist and told that there is nothing more they can do for us here, they tried the most harsh Chemo on the market for us that has a very high mortality rate and although, Wyatt came out very well we were still left with 30% leukemia in his body. He has been through so much and fought so hard, to hear the words go home and enjoy the rest of your time there broke our hearts. Through last night and today there have been many tears and pleads to our Heavenly Father and requests for inspiration. There have been many hard conversations between Chrissy, I and Wyatt. There have been moments when we don’t know if we can go on. We have spoken to St. Jude’s and Seattle. Both have offered to take us on in clinical trials and although we have not made a decision as to what to do, Wyatt says he wants to go fight and he is not ready to go see Jesus yet. I believe in miracles, I believe in God the father and in his son Jesus Christ. I know they live and I know they care about Wyatt and his mother, I know whatever we choose we will be okay. We will continue to seek inspiration and will let you know. We love each of you, your prayers are felt, and our hearts are full. Thank you!!!
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We are back at the hospital preparing for a bone marrow transplant. Read our latest update here ----> http://craventhegoodlife.com/2018/06/24/you-are-loved/
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From Wyatt's Mom's Blog:

Today I feel alone, abandoned and forgotten.

I know I am not supposed to say these things.
I’m supposed to tell you I am full of faith, that I know everything will work out, and that we are as strong as ever.

But I’d be lying.

I am scared.

I created this space to be real, completely 100% real. To share all the happy, fun, miraculous things that are happening, and not hold back the terrifying, unknown, and devestating things.

Today we made the long drive back to Primary Children’s Hospital. Wyatt had an echocardiogram, then we went to meet with his oncologist where we discussed Wyatt’s ANC level not recovering. We were confident he just needed longer to recover, but were warned that there was the small chance Wyatt’s Leukemia was still present and preventing his recovery. We left unaffected, believing everything would be alright.

We proceeded to Wyatt’s Bone Marrow Aspiration appointment.

The procedure went well. We stayed with Wyatt for a little while in recovering and then were able to head home. We made the long drive back with Wyatt sleeping peacefully in the backseat.

We walked in our front door exhausted from the long day. We gave Wyatt a bath and wrapped him in a warm towel, then the phone rang.

It was our oncologist. She was concerned enough to grab a slide of Wyatt’s bone marrow sample right away and read some preliminary results.

Wyatt is not in remission. His body is still riddled with Leukemia.

I took a punch to the gut.

90% of children achieve remission after their induction round of chemotherapy, and here we are again, falling into that 10% category…..

My heart aches, my eyes sting, my throat burns.

I would give anything in the entire world to switch places with my son. I would pay any price to take his pain upon myself.

Yet I stand here, unable to provide relief, unable to change his circumstances, unable to do what mother are supposed to do - make it better.

Our path has changed, our mountain is higher. On Thursday Wyatt will be re admitted to Primary Children’s hospital where we will stay, without leaving, for the next 4-6 months.

First Wyatt will be put on an even more vigorous chemotherapy regimen, including adding a harsher trial drug. Then, when we achieve remission, we will go straight to a bone marrow transplant.

This brings more concerns, side effects, and longer recovery. It also means another one of our children will have to grow up too quickly. Colton will need to be brave and give his brother the life saving gift of his marrow.

The fight is not over. We are not defeated. Together we can do anything, including saving a life.

I have to add this here, bare with me.

Just like that, in the blink of an eye, with one word, our entire world was changed.

We didn't have a warning. We couldn't plan for this. We can't make up lost time.

So please, with every fiber of my being, and every beat of my aching heart, I scream to tell you to go love your babies.

Forget the living room rug, and buy a pass to a theme park. Skip folding the laundry tonight and lay in bed reading stories to your babies. Let the dishes be, and go catch butterflies in the park. Stop reading this blog and get off Instagram and hold those you love. Life is so fragile, don't let it pass you by.
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