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.