Brady

 

Brady was born on August 21st, 2008. He was a happy, healthy, charming baby. Just a couple months after his first birthday, Brady had a cold, followed by a week of unexplained fevers. Then he developed a swollen eye, and an ear infection, still with fever. Brady spent a week in the hospital undergoing tests, and on October 12, 2009, he was diagnosed with Acute Bilineal Leukemia (ABL), a rare type of blood cancer. Brady went through 5 rounds of chemotherapy and then a stem cell transplant in March 2010. He was in remission for 72 days, but on May 31, 2010, Brady spiked a fever and returned to the hospital. On June 4th his test results confirmed that the cancer returned, and Brady began a 6th round of chemotherapy. Brady completed all available treatments but the cancer remained, and was taking over quickly. On July 13th Brady went home on hospice to be with his parents and enjoy life to the fullest. He loved going for rides in his red wagon, playing with his toy tractors, watching Sesame Street -- especially Elmo, and all his stuffed animals. On July 30th, 2010, after a courageous 9-month battle, Brady earned his angel wings and flew to heaven. He will be loved and remembered forever.

You can read his journal at https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/bradymichael

* Acute Bilineal Leukemia is a rare Leukemia that expresses both AML and ALL blasts. In Leukemia, the new or immature blood cells, called blasts, remain very immature and cannot perform their functions. The blasts increase in number rapidly, blocking production and function of good blood cells, and the disease progresses quickly.