Meet 12-year-old Eric and his courageous family. In a matter of days, their whole world changed through their son’s eyes, even where they call “home.”
On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Eric had been complaining for a few days about his very painful foot and lots of swollen lymph glands all over his neck. The family traveled from western China to Hong Kong to see a specialist. The news no one ever wants to hear: Eric was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia.
With great support and help, they were able to fly to the USA to be treated at Children’s Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. On Friday, April 4 after multiple medical tests including more blood draws, bone marrow aspiration, and spinal tap, the doctors confirmed that he has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (T-cell ALL). On April 5, Eric had surgery to implant his central line/port and began receiving chemotherapy treatments. Eric’s loved ones were shocked and saddened by the whole situation — but relied on their faith to walk this new journey, “we are trusting in God to pour his love and grace onto Eric,” his mom shared.
Today he is in 6th grade and adjusting to school. He has been a very brave cancer patient warrior this past year throughout his numerous spinal taps, biopsies, radiation, and weekly rounds of chemo infusions and daily chemo and steroid pills.
He loves to play soccer and go hiking, camping, fishing, and rock collecting. Eric smiles the most when he sees and is with his best friends. We wish him a lifetime of many more smiles.
A very special thank you to Katie Cartwright of Katie Cartwright Photography for donating her time and talent.