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.

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 “Meet Cayden Beau – Determined to beat the “Cancer Bullies”

  1. Hi my name is Amber and I wanted to tell you that your sons story is amazing. He is such a strong little boy to be going through this and you guys are in my prayers. Your family is so strong and even though I cannot relate to my child having cancer as a mother of a very special baby with multiple problems I know this past year Nationwides Children’s Hospital has changed the life of my entire family for the better and have kept my son alive for this year and I know they will for many more years.

  2. Beau you can do it! I will be thinking about you and sending my good thoughts your way! You have an amazing stength and courage, I am inspired by you. I want you to know that you have made me a better father,husband and person. I know we have never meet but your a true inspiration to us all!

  3. Mrs. Evelyn W. Bell on said:

    Beau is a beautiful little boy. Before I read his story, I had seen him on T.V. and his personality that shines through the screen touched my heart. Children’s Hospital was my daughter’s second home when she was about the same age as Beau. The staff there were phenomenal then as they are now. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Mrs. Evelyn W. Bell

  4. Paula Esno on said:

    Hey Beau! You are such a strong little guy and I’m proud of you! Keep fighting those bully’s! I’m on your team and I’m here if you need me! Wyatt says hi and wants you to know you are not alone. Stay strong, fight hard!

  5. Crystal on said:

    I just wanted to post and let you know that this commercial has really made me look at life (and the holidays) differently. All of the kids tugged at my heartstrings, especially Beau. I can’t watch that commercial with his little smiling face and not tear up. Thanks for sharing his amazing story, and I will be checking back to see how he is progressing. I hope he whips those cancer bullies and shows them who is boss! You can do it, Beau. Columbus loves you!

  6. Beau you are such an amazing little guy!!! I hope you beat those Cancer Bullies!!!!! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family this holiday!! Because of you I now donate monthly to Nationwide Childrens!!! You truley are an inspriration to all!!! I will check back to see updates on your story!!! Keep your head up kiddo!!!

  7. When I seen you on t.v. my heart went out for you to be cancer free.. I pray that a cure will soon be found. I have lost alotof family members to cancer but I can not image losing or a child with it. I will keep in touch to see how you are doing. much love to you and your family Don and Debbie

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