Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Giving you an up-close look at the impact that the Hope and Heroes organization and Columbia University Medical Center has on the children it treats in the tri-state.
This is Jayden’s story…
Born with sickle cell disease, Jayden would often suffer from infections, fevers and crisis episodes. As he grew older, the disease would limit his ability to play his favorite sport – baseball.
Jayden’s family was referred to Columbia, where he received a successful bone marrow transplant. Columbia is one of the largest centers in the country that conducts such transplants. Over the last five years, Columbia has achieved 100 percent event-free survival in sickle cell patients undergoing transplants using a matched sibling donor—as was the case with Jayden. His younger brother, Justin, supplied the bone marrow that helped saved him.
Hope & Heroes supported Jayden and his family through the Survivor Wellness and Psycho-Social Programs. These programs offered counseling for the family while he was in treatment and helped create an educational and wellness plan to help Jayden be successful in school and healthy in life.
*Each of these patients and their families has granted permission for their story and photo to be shared by Hope & Heroes and its partners during the September campaign.