Beau Continues to Fight the Cancer Bullies

This holiday season we introduced you to a very special little boy, Cayden Beau Hefner (Beau for short), during the Every Gift Matters campaign. The community response to Beau’s bravery and commitment to “beating his cancer bullies” was overwhelming. So many people have been asking how Beau is doing we wanted to provide you with an update. Thanks to Beau’s parents Tiffani and Marcus for sharing the following with us.

Submitted by Beau’s parents:

April 1, 2012 marked a year since Beau was first diagnosed with Leukemia. His treatment will continue for three more years with his final visit scheduled for July, 2015. He now visits the hospital monthly for the maintenance phase of treatment and we’re happy to report that he is regaining a healthy head of hair.

As an active, five-year-old, Beau has been busy. He recently attended his first Blue Jackets game with his three-year-old sister, Haleigh. Beau was shocked by all the on-ice fights, but still had a great time. Beau also started playing soccer and enjoys lots of races with his little sister at “Gramma’s” house – “I am a really fast runner,” Beau reports.

Beau is also a reigning champion at Football and Golf on his X Box and his favorite board game, Cooties. He enjoys home school with his mom and reports that math is his favorite subject. Beau is also looking forward to summer and swimming in his pool, swinging on the swing-set in the backyard; and catching lots of big fish at “Gramma’s” house. He is also very excited about being a Miracle Mile Patient Champion and cheering on his mom during the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon this October.

We’ll continue to keep you posted on Beau’s progress. He is one of the more than 1,000 patients in active cancer treatment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and we’re pulling for every one of them to beat their “cancer bullies.”

Donna Teach
Donna Teach is Chief Marketing & Communication Officer at Nationwide Children's. Her job is to help the hospital feel "connected" – Connected to each other, connected to our patients and their families, referring physicians, the community and the world.

7 thoughts on “Beau Continues to Fight the Cancer Bullies

  1. Lindsey on said:

    Beau you are the most amazing little guy ever. im inspired by your drive to beat those cancer bullies!! I lost my grandma lastnight to the cancer bullies and its just not fair. I cant imagine what people with cancer have to go through but im inspired by those who fight.

  2. Courtney Ferrell on said:


    I just wanted to let you know, when I first saw your commercial for Nationwide, I cried still til this day it makes me cry. I wish there was a way to take this illness away from you. You are such a cute young boy, who has so much potential in life. Just wanted to say keeping fighting, and my prayers are with you little guy..

  3. Penny on said:

    Hi Beau! I loved you from the first time I saw the commercial! I am so happy to get an update from Mommy and Daddy and especially happy to hear you are doing sooo well!! You keep fighting those cancer bullies, Sweetheart! Would love to see a new picture when you get hair…but, I bet it couldn’t be any cuter than this picture!! I love you, Buddy!! xoxoxox

  4. brenda bilger on said:

    this is but only one of the little people out there fighting the cancer bullies and i just fell in love with him the moment i saw him on t.v. i just wanted you to know that my little nephew was diagnosed with wilms tumor on both kidneys when he was 14 months old. he was also treated at nationwide childrens. after weeks of chemo and surgery on both kidneys i am happy to report he is doing fantastic. he is now almost 3 years old and all of his follow-up tests and scans have come back clear. keep on fighting beau. never give up and you are definitly in my thoughts!!!!!

  5. Dana & Nina Thompson on said:

    Hi Beau, Your the cutest little man, My little lady Nina thinks your the best. Every time she seen your commercial she would turn up the TV and not move until the very end. Thanks for having a good out look on life. And I would like to thank your mom and dad for giving us the update about you.. But back to Nina she would love to meet you some day. (Well she did say she WOULD meet you, SMILING). Take Care and hope to see you soon. WE LOVE YOUR SMILING FACE….Dana and Nina

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