A message from Peyton’s family...
Peyton was born on April 20, 2011. She came into this world a fighter. After a long labor she was delivered via emergency Caesarian section and had aspirated fluids. She spent the first hours of her life in NICU and gave us all a real scare. Soon she was home and growing a magnetic and energetic personality with room filling beauty. 13 months later in June of 2012 our first son, Parker, was born and then on March 3 of 2014 God gave us another son, whom we named Caleb. He completed our growing family full of love and joy. While we were in the hospital recovering from his birth, a family member took Peyton and Parker home with them, where they stayed until we were home for a couple days and settling into our new routine.
When Peyton came home she seemed a little “off” to us. We attributed the majority of what we saw with the stress of a new baby in the home. She was so gentle and tender and acted like a little mommy to the tiny baby boy she is so in love with. On March 20th, 2014 we took her to the doctor for a bruised and swollen ankle. The x-rays showed nothing broken or fractured but they put a cast on to help heal what they thought was a “bruised bone”. She was running low-grade fevers on and off over the next couple of days and she had what looked like blood blisters on the inside of her cheek and tongue. On March 25th she woke up looking pale yellow, was running another fever, still not walking at all with her cast, lethargic, and not eating like her normal self, so we took her in to see her pediatrician. We did the normal routine check up and then we asked the doctor if she could run some blood work because we knew something was wrong with our baby girl. Then our world came crumbling down around us. Our pediatrician told us that she thought it was Leukemia. We were sent immediately to the hospital where they admitted us for the beginning of a surreal journey.
We now have a new “normal” and have additional things we have to do to try and help keep a healthy and germ free environment. We have daily chores, which include vacuuming, mopping, wiping down every light fixture, door knob, remote controls, cell phones, anything that is a highly touched surface. We have to brush her teeth twice a day and do a special mouth wash three times a day. We have to change her sheets every other day. She is on and will be on antibiotics twice a day for two days a week for several years to come. We don’t go to restaurants but have to order take out instead. We can’t play in rivers, lakes, creeks or ponds. We live “in a bubble” without taking away too much fun for her. We have to come up with new kinds of fun…at home. We don’t make too many “plans” because our plans can change in a blink of an eye.
Our love is strong and our faith is stronger. We believe that our Godi is bigger than this disease. there is no doubt that our sweet Peyton is a fighter, and will fight this battle gracefully. With your help and prayers, she will beat this monster.
OJ, Shannon, Kayleigh, Peyton, Parker and Caleb
A message from Pray for Peyton’s Army...
We would LOVE for you to join our Team in our fight against Leukemia and all Childhood Cancers.
The Mission: Even though Peyton has health insurance, there are a tremendous number of out-of-pocket expenses. In addition to the insurance co-pays, deductibles and prescription costs, there has been a total of seven weeks of work missed to date. There will also be missed work days in the future, days that need to be taken off as they have to go to clinic each week as well as any scheduled hospital stays and the unforeseen hospital stays. Also, the family has to purchase extra things to help keep the “germs” away to keep Peyton well, like germicidal disposable wipes, these are hospital grade wipes. All of these things add up and have put the family in a financial strain.
The mission is that when this journey is finally over for Peyton; the family plans to “Pay-It-Forward”. They will find another family that just heard the words “your child has cancer” and give them the money that is left over in the account. Remember that every 36 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. Childhood cancer affects families physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially.
Peyton has a 19-year-old sister, and 2 brothers who are 2 years old and 5 months old. Their plate is full and their life is full of faith, love, and laughter. We all will stand together, hand in hand, on the battlefield to help Peyton fight this war against Leukemia. She is a true warrior and she has touched so many hearts already and we can’t wait to see what her testimony is going to be in the next few years! So please join us on the front line and fight with us!
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