Meet Cayden Beau – Determined to beat the “Cancer Bullies”
During the weeks ahead we’re going to share the stories of the many special children featured in our Every Gift Matters campaign. Today, we share Beau’s Story:
Cayden Beau is a little boy with a big name and a serious disease. Beau (as everyone calls him) is 5 years old and has Leukemia. He has more than three years of treatment ahead of him including scheduled chemotherapy over the upcoming Christmas holidays.
When we met Beau during the filming of our recent holiday commercial he captured our hearts from the very beginning. We also met his parents, Marcus and Tiffany, who shared Beau’s story with us.
Immediately following his cancer diagnosis earlier this year, Beau had to leave school to begin immediate treatment, he has not returned to his friends or the classroom since then. Children’s is now Beau’s home away from home. Early on in the diagnosis, Beau’s parents sought a positive way to help him understand the long battle ahead. Their strategy was a great one: Beau is now part of a very special Team, TCB (Team Cayden Beau) and everyone is playing together to beat his “‘Cancer Bullies’.” The doctors and staff on the cancer floor and clinic immediately became Beau’s teammates and together they put together the “playbook” (Beau’s treatment plan). As Tiffany, ” the first 12 days were a blur and as we were struggling to make sense of the situation. At that point we completely turned our trust over to our doctor and the rest of the team to assist us in making the right decisions for our son. Ultimately, the goal is for a cure, and 7 months into it, we seem to be on the right track. Right now, Children’s and our teammates mean everything to our family.”
We are so appreciative to Beau’s family for taking time for him to participate in Every Gift Matters. A few tears were shed by Beau’s parents as they watched him participate in the taping. “That day in the new hospital was pretty tough…for us. He did exceptionally well and enjoyed the ‘Star’ treatment tremendously. As he was filming, we sat in the hallway watching it on a monitor. At that time, it hit us again and really put things into perspective. Often we find ourselves caught up in the day-to-day grind of our ‘normal’ life, and although never the case, it seems as if we lose the concept of how serious this battle truly is. …I am not sure we will ever get over the ‘shock’ of the diagnosis, but we have come to terms with it. We have identified ourselves as being of the “lucky ones” in these Childhood Cancer battles because we have a chance for a CURE. There are families who don’t have this chance, and our hearts go out to them.”
We’ll keep you posted on Beau’s treatment progress. In the meantime we understand he is very excited for the holidays ahead. Even through his treatment will continue during this time Beau is getting in the true holiday spirit. Last year Beau’s top wish list items were a Puppy, a Sheep, a fake monster truck, and new baby doll for his sister Haleigh. Tiffany shared that all his holiday wishes were filled last year. This year’s wish for Beau and Team “TCB”: Beat the Bullies and be Cancer Free.