Meet Kadin and his family. Kadin is a very loving ten year old boy and a brother to two caring sisters. Kadin is a jokester at heart and likes to make people smile. He also enjoys watching movies, playing outside and swimming. This special boy with a heart of gold has Down Syndrome.
He does speak but yet he does not directly speak his needs, it is mostly simple sentences.
One day Kadin came home from school with a horrible limp. The doctor thought Kadin had a pulled groin muscle and needed time to heal. Another week went by and there were no signs of improvement. Kadins slight limp had turned into a complete dragging of the right leg and eventually he could no longer walk.
The end of September, after many tests including biopsies, bone marrow aspiration, an MRI and a cat scan, lesions were discovered on both his right and left femurs, pelvis, lumbar spine, right hip, and skull.
On October 3, 2012, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), a type of cancer of the bone and blood marrow — the spongy tissue inside bones where blood cells are made. The word “acute” means that the disease progresses rapidly and produces immature blood cells. ALL is the most common type of childhood cancer.
Currently he is in the maintenance phase of chemotherapy. Kadin has 14 months of chemo under his belt, and another 18 months to go. He takes daily chemo pills, weekly shots, and IV chemo and antibiotics monthly. Kadin is in the hospital right now fighting an infection, but overall he’s doing well.
His Mother said, “Raising a child with special needs has its fair share of challenges. This situation was extremely hard for us. When your child is sick or hurting, they tell you. I knew something was really wrong with my son even though he could not verbalize that to me. A mother knows her child better than anyone else. Now that we have answers, and a rough outline of the plan, we are breathing easier. I withdrew from my second year of nursing school and our lives have come to a stand-still. My obligation is to my son and getting him through this. My family feels very blessed to have the support that we do have from our family and friends.”