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Kaedyn Update

I know its been awhile since you’ve heard from us.  Kaedyn is doing great.  He had a checkup recently and blood work was good. Since he had the bone marrow transplant he had to start over with vaccinations and Shands is scheduling appointments to catch him up. He got six shots just this week and oh what a trooper! In fact he said, no big deal at all! I can do this, just get it over with. That is truly our little hero.

Kaedyn so enjoys preschool and loves his teachers. He is excited to go every day and see his friends. His favorite thing of course is playing on the playground, lol. We love watching him having normal days and enjoying life. These are most certainly answered prayers.

Mommy took him trick or treating this evening and he was very excited to go. He was dressed as Optimus Prime from the Transformers. I sure hope I got that right. NanNan has to keep up with all the characters that little boys like these days.

Please pray for Kaedyn’s little friend Ayden who is fighting a rare form of brain cancer and did not receive good news this week. He desperately needs prayers and strength to get through the treatment plan which will be decided very soon.

Love and hugs to all and I will try to post pictures soon.
NanNan

Summer Fun and Make A Wish Trip

After 3 years of fighting cancer this little guy went on his Make A Wish trip and a Disney Cruise at that. It was a well kept secret, but he played with dolphins and stingrays on 2 excursions. One thing about Kaedyn for sure is he loves animals especially marine animals, just like his Momma. We were so excited to celebrate my little guy’s bravery through his long fight. This was super special for us because we started planning the trip 2 years ago, but due to Kaedyn relapsing we weren’t able to go the first time. At that point his chance of survival was not so good as he was given less than a 50% chance of survival. But he is here, healthy and so much ALIVE! So imagine how excited we felt to be sailing off!
Thanks to all those who donate to Make A Wish. I’ll share plenty of pictures on facebook so you can see how your donations change the lives of many special and brave kiddos. And a special thank you to all those who work for MAW.
To all those still fighting, never give up!
As I celebrate my son’s health, I will never forget the lives lost due to this terrible disease. No words can express my sadness for you. Love to all the families in the past, present and future who have children fighting cancer. I pray for a cure every day.

I don’t know if you remember but when Kaedyn was going through his transplant 483 days ago we talked about getting a bird for him at 1 year Post Transplant. He forgot for a while, but recently reminded me of my promise. So Mommy told him after his Make A Wish trip, I would get him his bird. Finally, we got his new pet. His name is Fancy Feathers named by Kaedyn.

Kaedyn starts preschool August 18th and is very excited. He wants to meet and play with new friends. Please pray for continued good health and blood work at his next check up.

Please pray for our little friend Aubrey who has been diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer at 8 months old. So far she has been brave and is handling everything well, but has more treatments to go through. Please pray for strength for her lovely family as they battle along with Aubrey.

We are experiencing issues with posting photos on the blog, please go to Kaedyn Love Facebook or Candy Yost Hill to see updates about Kaedyn and our family. We will try to get the isssues resolved with the blog.

Love
NanNan and Shelsie

Kaedyn Having Summer Fun

Kaedyn’s appointment yesterday 7/1 at Shands went really well. He didn’t budge when they drew his blood. He laughed and said it didn’t hurt. He got 5 shots because his new immune system needs protection and he cried just a tiny bit. His nurses were celebrating how tough he is.
And did I mention blood work is perfect!!! We go back in 3 months.

Kaedyn is loving this beautiful summer and all the great things we do. He is one happy little boy. He loves to do things like swimming, looking for creatures, taking walks and watching movies. We enjoy the beauty of nature everyday and we never take the simple things for granted.

Thank you for remembering to pray for him and all the little children dealing with cancer and other childhood illnesses.

Love,
Shelsie

Kaedyn Has a New Cousin

Kaedyn is doing great and has an appointment at Shands the first week of July. Please pray his blood work is wonderful and reflects all donor cells.

We’ve had a busy couple of weeks. Kaedyn has a new cousin named Juliet. She is a week old today, and he already loves her very much. I am trying to post photos that show him holding her and the expressions are priceless on his face.

Mommy is checking out preschools for Kaedyn to attend in August. He will be in a four year old PK class. Kaedyn has gone along and toured the schools also. He has a favorite because it has such an awesome playground. Imagine that! He is playing and seems to be enjoying life in such an incredible way! We are happy to watch him play and catch frogs and lizards which he loves doing.

I’m having a issues with posting pictures on the blog this evening, but I will keep trying.

Please keep praying for him as we know you do. Also pray for his little friend Ayden who is trying very hard to beat brain cancer and just had surgery.

Thanks for keeping up with Kaedyn’s progress and we will let you know how his upcoming appointment goes.

Love and Hugs,
NanNan

Blessed Weekend

Thank you all for caring about these children. We love you and appreciate your hard work to make the Dance Marathon such a success! Kaedyn, Shelsie and NanNan were blessed and honored to be with each of you this weekend.
 
Stood up for 26.2 hours with our miracle child and Will and raised a total of $1.5 million for Children’s Miracle Network = a very successful Dance Marathon at the University of Florida.
Photo: Stood up for 26.2 hours with our miracle child and Will and raised a total of $1.5 million for Children's Miracle Network = a very successful Dance Marathon

Kaedyn at the UF Dance Marathon

Thank you for being the best family captain Max!
You are an awesome young man and we enjoyed our weekend with you so much.
 
Thank you Dance Marathon at UF for giving me the opportunity to form a special friendship over a year ago. DM has impacted so many lives of children and I thank you all for what you have done. Each and everyone of you has had a part in making miracles happen and this special guy is really one true miracle and the reason why I participate in Dance Marathon.  
Photo: Thank you Dance Marathon at UF for giving me the opportunity to form a special friendship over a year ago. DM has impacted so many lives of children and I thank you all for what you have done. Each and everyone of you has had a part in making miracles happen and this special guy is really one true miracle and the reason why I participate  in Dance Marathon.

One Year Later

This time last year Kaedyn was almost one month post bone marrow transplant. This Easter holiday we feel thankful and blessed as we look at him and see the results of people everywhere who pleaded and prayed for a donor to come through, and prayed for our sweet boy to have enough strength to survive the entire process. We won’t ever forget how the staff at Shands talked and prepared us for everything he had to go through. They were right there helping us deal with every tough moment, but also celebrated with us as good things happened.
I think about our risen Savior and how He carried our family through many days as we didn’t have the strength to do it ourselves. The verse in Isaiah 40:29 clearly defines how we made it through those dark days.
“He gives power to the faint, and to them that have no might He increases strength.”
We can make it when we look to the Son and place our faith and hope in Him! 
Candy Yost Hill's photo.
Candy Yost Hill's photo.
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