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Kaedyn Ballew is the two year old son of Nic & Shelsie (Stevens) Ballew who was diagnosed with A.L. Leukemia on friday the 13, 2010. He and the family still need your prayers and suppport.

Kaedyn was born on September 22, 2009. He was over 8lbs in the 98th percentile in growth stats and looked to be the picture of newborn health.

Kaedyn did many things early. Walking at nine months and scrambling to run in the last few weeks as he tried to keep up with his brother Kaleb (his hero) were things he tackled with spunk and determination. Kaleb’s room is one of his favortie places in the world (much to Kaleb’s chagrin due to the rapidly ensuing wreckage of toys that would soon follow his entrance). “Mommy, Daddy, hot, ki-y-cat” and pointing out body parts have been some of his strides in talking and learning already.

Two and half weeks before Kaedyn was checked in at Shands, Shelsie took him to see his pedatrician because his cheeks were a little swolen. After a quick visit, Kaeden was diagnosed with the mumps. A week later, his symptoms continued to worsen to include continued swelling in the cheeks and obvious pain in his stomach so Shelsie and Nic brought him to the E.R. They were then told that he was just experiencing the effects of mumps and were directed to take him home being sure to keep him in isolation. On thursday night in the wee hours, his pain grew excruciating so he was again rushed to the E.R. where finally, doctors finally diagnosed him with leukemia and he was rushed to Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Blood tests confirmed that Kaedyn indeed has Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) which is a cancer of the white blood cells, the cells in the body that normally fight infections.

Kaedyn celebrated 1 year of success in his battle against cancer in August 2011, and continues his fight with daily chemo etc.

This site has been created as a space for Kaedyn’s family to keep friends and family updated on his progress. He’s a fighter, so we expect lots of updates!

Shelsie continues to stay at home as Kaedyn still received chemo regularly, and must be monitored in case an emergency visit back to Shands is needed (definitely have been plenty of those; thankfully they are getting less and less).  Any donations made through this site go directly to Shelsie.  Thank you.

24 responses to this post.

  1. [...] can visit their site HERE and keep up with them, their fight, and let them know they are not [...]

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  2. Posted by STACEY WADDELL on August 16, 2010 at 10:35 am

    i just want you to know that people here in Thomasville will be praying for Kaedyn and your family.

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  3. Posted by Erica Reagan on August 16, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I just want to say I’m deeply sorry for this news and I hope that he will start getting better and I pray that God will keep him strong during this battle and you all as well. I can’t imagine what you must be feeling or going through and will go through. My thoughts and prayers are with you all everyday.

    I just wanted to say that his younger baby pictures are somewhat a spitting image of my 5 month old daughter, they have the same smile. It breaks my heart for him.

    May God wrap his loving powerful arms around you all.

    Sincerely,
    Erica

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  4. Posted by Krisitn on August 16, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    I just wanted to let you know that you have people all over the world sending prayers up for your family!!! God bless you and give you strength! God please place your powerful healing hands on baby Kaedyn and give him peace and comfort. God is GOOD!!!

    Sending Prayers from Hurricane, West Virginia,
    Kristin Nossaman

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  5. Posted by Drew on August 16, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Nic & Shelsie we are praying for you every day and we hope to have another beautiful miracle happen just like the day Kaedyn joined us here with you. if you guys need anything we are all a call away hope to see you too again soon.

    God Bless and Be Safe
    Drew

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  6. Posted by Janna Gurtler on August 16, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    I was just emailed this website from a dear friend who frequents Shands. He received a liver transplant there close to 10 years ago. You’re in good hands at Shands, from what I’ve heard from him. Sweet Kaedyn is in our thoughts and prayers, along with our church family.

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    • Posted by Candy Hill on August 19, 2010 at 12:05 am

      Hi Janna.
      Please tell your friend that we are glad he is doing well.
      Yes, we are in good hands at Shands. They are doing everything they can to cure this sweet and precious baby. Thank you so much for caring and praying for Kaedyn. He is as sweet and precious as the pictures you are viewing.
      May God bless you.
      Candy aka Nana

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  7. Posted by Fresh Vintage on August 17, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Shelsie and Candy please know that all of us at the salon think about and talk about you daily. We are sending you our happy thoughts and positive energy! Kaedyn is one of my favorite babies to come visit, I always make sure and grab him and hold him when I get a chance because he is so sweet and funny. Every time I see Candy her eyes just light up when she talks about her beloved grand-baby, and it is apparent what a good loving Mama Shelsie is… It is heartbreaking to know such a great family is having to endure such a horrible ordeal, but your faith is inspiring. Thank you for taking time to keep us updated through this site, as we get a lot of questions. We are all holding our breath, saying prayers, and celebrating each little step in the right direction. We can’t wait to see you guys again, when we can breathe a sigh of relief together.
    Lots of love from your Fresh Vintage family!!!

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    • Posted by Candy Hill on August 19, 2010 at 12:01 am

      Thanks to our Fresh Vintage family.
      We appreciate your happy thoughts and positive energy. We very much need it at this time and will continue needing it as we make this journey as a family. Kaedyn is sweet and funny and we are waiting to see those attributes again as he starts feeling better. Our family loves each other very much and we are trying very hard to keep each other going. Keep the prayers going and thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for caring and remembering Kaedyn each and every day.
      May God bless you and keep making people look beautiful every day.
      Love,
      Candy aka Nana

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  8. Posted by Lisa Fabry on August 18, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    What a strong family you guys are. It looks like Marion County is really trying to pull together to help all we can. It makes me proud to be a part of this community. I am so touched by your story and I have checked the updates daily since I have first heard about Kaedyn. My heart hurts for Shelsie, Nic, and the entire family, I have a 16 month old daughter and can not imagine what you must be going through physically and mentally. I am praying for this family daily, trying to attend whatever fundraisers I can and urging everyone I talk to to do the same. May God watch over Kaedyn and make him Shelsie’s healthy baby boy again.

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    • Posted by Candy Hill on August 19, 2010 at 12:30 am

      Thank you Lisa for communicating with us. It is amazing how our community is pulling together.
      I’m very thankful that our story has touched your heart and thank you for checking in with us as often as you do. I hope your 16 month old daughter continues to be healthy, as this is one rough journey.
      We have our wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ who love us dearly, and for all of you who we don’t know that care so much about Kaedyn. Thanks for praying for us and for taking part in the fundraisers. Take care and give your daughter extra hugs and kisses tomorrow morning when you all wake up.
      Candy aka Nana

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  9. Posted by Christi on August 19, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I just wanted to let you know that I will be praying for Kaedyn. I have 2 precious boys myself one will be a year old on the 25th of Aug. I spend every spare moment with them. I can’t even imagine what you are going through. Just remember you have may people out there praying for you and your baby boy and God is on your side. Through him all things are possible! He will make it through this and be a happy, healthy boy soon! Keep us in touch and let us know how everything is going!

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  10. Posted by Kari Franklin on August 19, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Hey Shels and family of Kaedyn. I just wanted to let you know that I work for Regions Bank and I can set up an account for you/Kaedyn at my office if you need one. I see that you have donations going through paypal, and they are probably going to charge you per transaction and I’m sure you need every dime people are generous enough to donate. Plus Regions is both here and in Gainesville which might be more convenient for you. Just let me know I would be happy to do anything I can for you. My e-mail is karisheppard@hotmail.com or kari.sheppard@regions.com. Also I am trying to see if Regions will make a donation to you for Kaedyn as well. All my love and prayers go out to you guys!!!

    Kari

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  11. Posted by Cindy Drew on August 19, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    My prayers continue for baby Kaedyn……….from the first moment I met your family as they wheeled your precious baby into the ICU at Shands, I felt that God was going to perform a miracle for you!!! If you remember, my own daughter was diagnosed with leukemia at 20 months of age………..and this month she will be 19 years old!! God is so good………HE provides the doctors and nurses who know how to take care of your precious son…………and HE will continue to wrap His loving arms around all of you!!! I have spread the word and many many families are praying for Kaedyn and your family. Be strong…..keep faith in our loving God…….and may you know peace as the miracles continue in your life!!

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  12. Posted by Lisa & Rick Fleshman on August 25, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Kaedyn and family,
    It is great news to hear that you are playing and having fun with Nana. I know your mom loves holdilng you and watch you play. You are constantly in our thoughts and prayers.

    We continue to lift you all up in prayer to the Lord God Almighty, Our Healer. You all are the property of Almighty God. Dwell in the secret place of the Most High God. Remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty, whose power no foe can withstand. Kaedyn, dear little one, you have the assurance of God’s Word that the Angel of the Lord encamps around about you. The Word of God is medication and Life for you and the law of the Spirit of Life operates in you.
    Shelsie, Candy and family, hold fast to your faith in the Word of God. Stand immoveable and fixed in the full assurance that there will be health and healing now in the name of Jesus

    Sending you all our love.

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  13. Posted by Vicky Roosa on August 26, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Kaedyn,mommy,daddy,big brother, and Nana: My heart and prayers go out to all of you! Kaedyn…don’t give up…lot’s of people around the world , Gods world, love you very very much. All of you are an inspiration and testament of God and His love for all of us. I am a Nana too! to seven beautiful grandchildren one , little Henry, who was just born last week. Ican’t even imagine what you are all going through. I do know this…..God does not give us more than we can handle. I will pray fervently for a complete healing for little Kaedyn and I know miracles happen every day. We just have to BELIEVE and then seethem WITH OUR HEART! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

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  14. Posted by pdxa4 on August 26, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Wow, best of luck to the poor little kid…

    I wish you guys the very best.

    I purchased a t-shirt to help with a donation…
    http://www.stanceworks.com/?p=9351

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  15. Posted by Emilie on August 31, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Hey princess and baby we all have our prayers out for you’r whole family. We hope the best and everything goes right. We are here if you need anything at all just call us, you guys have our numbers. Thanks and lots of love goes to kaedyn and the family.!

    Love,
    Emilie, Chris, Karen, Tracy, Kevin, Amber, Jake and Breanna

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  16. Posted by Jennifer Taylor on August 31, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    My heart goes out to your family and precious little Kaedyn. A dear friend of mine who is an adult has recently been diagnosed with the same. We here in West Virginia will be praying. Jesus – place your arms around this precious child and his family as they are guided through this trial.

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  17. Posted by Kelly on September 1, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I’ll be keeping Kaedyn in my prayers. I may not know you personally but God knows you intimately. Take comfort in the fact that God is our creator, our healer, our strength and our shield. I’m praying for complete healing for Kaedyn. I’m praying that God will comfort Nic and Shelsie and give them strength and endurance. I’m praying that the finances and the insurance will work themselves out so that Nic and Shelsie do not have that as an additional concern so they may focus all of their energies toward Kaedyn and their family. I’m praying all of these things knowing that God is able to do all things. May God receive the glory from the miracles He will perform in these circumstances.

    Prayers from Hurricane, WV
    ~Kelly

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  18. HELLO SHELSIE.
    I HAVE BEEN SENT UPDATES FOR KAEDYN FROM ANOTHER MINISTRY .
    WE HAVE STARTED PRAYING FOR HIM, AND BELIEVING IN THE NAME OF JESUS , THAT HE IS GOING TO BE TOTALLY HEALED , BY THE DIVINE TOUCH OF THE MASTER’S HAND.AMD WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOURS , TO BE SURROUNDED BY THE PEACE OF THE LORD AT THIS TIME . WHEN I SEND PRAYERS OUT ACROSS THE WORLD FOR NEEDS SUCH AS KAEDYN, I PREFER TO SEND AN E MAIL TO THE LOVED ONE OF WHO WE ARE PRAYING FOR .IF YOU WILL PLEASE SEND ME YOUR E MAIL ADDRESS . I WILL ONLY USE IT WHEN I SEND PRAYERS OUT FOR YOUR SON.
    PLEASE GIVE HIM A BIG HUG FROM ME. AND I SEND MY LOVE AND PRAYERS TO ALL THE BALLEW FAMILY .
    YOURS IN CHRIST
    BROTHER GARY WILLIAMSON
    FOUNDER , AND ADMINISTRATOR
    WORLD WIDE INTERCESSORS
    IN JESUS WE ARE

    evanglw@bellsouth.net

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  19. Posted by Teresa on September 8, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Shelsie, first off. God bless all of you with the strength to go through all you have and yes once little bit comes home you will be able to care for him just as well as the nurses at Shands, don’t doubt yourself. This will also be one of the happiness days of your life cause its a big step for everyone :) anyways the other reason why I wanted to write you is the benefit on Sept 18 for the bikers. If someone can get up to the Walmart on Silver Springs around 6 to 8pm a bunch (bunch) of bikers go up there on Thursday nights to hang around swopping stories and ride around town. Its various riders (sports and Harley). If someone can bring flyers to distribute them maybe a few more riders can join plus inform there friends. Hope this helps and if you need any help you can reach me by email. Hugs and Kisses. Teresa

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