Jace was a busy little boy at 3 ½. He was learning letters and numbers, and was a big fan of the New Orleans Saints, (being that his family lives in Lousiana!). He loved riding his bike, playing outside, and helping daddy. His favorite show was Thomas the Tank Engine. He began having tummy aches that would not go away. In September 2008, he was sent to the hospital for further investigation. A CT revealed a mass in his abdomen. The doctors decided that the mass was to be removed as soon as possible. It was removed and sent to Philadelphia to be biopsied. The cancer was also found in his lymph nodes and bone marrow. He was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, Stage IV, on September 25. He began treatment on September 27th. His stem cells were frozen and stored to be re- transplanted later in treatment during a month long process in New Orleans. He endured 6 rounds of chemotherapy, 1 every 21 days, each lasting 3-5 days in length. He is currently one year post-transplant, and doing great. He loves his baby sister, who arrived during Jace's chemo treatments. He is contagious with life and happiness and his family cannot get enough of him each and every day.
* Neuroblastoma, (NB), is a cancer of the sympathetic nervous system, a nerve network that carries messages from the brain. NB is a solid, malignant tumor that is found in the abdomen or around the spinal cord in the chest, neck, or pelvis. Typically, by the time of diagnosis, multiple tumors will be found. There is no known cure for NB, and recurrence rates are about 50%.