By Grace Lutheran Christian School
Kaden Cole is a 6th grade student at Grace Lutheran Christian School here in Lancaster. In 2012, he was given a 33% chance of survival when it was discovered that he had severe aplastic anemia. One in 3,000,000 children gets this disease.
After months of chemo treatment and blood and platelet transfusions, Kaden’s older brother, Gary, a 7th grader at Grace, gave him the ‘gift of life’ with a bone marrow transplant. In November of 2013, Kaden was able to return home to his family. In January 2014 the family moved to the Antelope Valley. More information can be found on: KareforKaden.com
Today, Kaden needs a second chance.
His body is fighting against the bone marrow transplant. The volume of chemicals he has endured is attacking his liver. Kaden is an optimistic young man. He knows his family at home and school care for and support him.
On Friday, Nov. 7, the Grace Lutheran Church and School family will be joining together for a 5k “Fight For Life” Run/Walk. Because the bigger our voice is in the fight to knock out severe aplastic anemia, the louder we will be for Kaden and all the children bearing this cross! The louder we are, the more force we have to say, “YES! We are here for Kaden and all of the other children. YES! We are going to KNOCK OUT severe aplastic anemia.”
By coming together, we are a force to be reckoned with for this disease, and we can possibly save the lives of many other children. With further research, more children will be given hope.
How you can help
You can help in this fight with donations that are tax deductible (TAX ID# 46-3331056). Checks can be made out to “The KareForKaden Foundation.” Money raised will go to severe aplastic anemia research (to help find a cure for the 66% of children who do not survive), Children’s National Hospital (the #1 care hospital for children with the disease), and Children’s Miracle Network (Ronald McDonald House – that housed Kaden’s family for 6 months).