Zachery's Mom knew that something was wrong for months, she had taken him to their
pediatrician, urgent care, and Emergency rooms several times, but his sickness was misdiagnosed or dismissed.
"Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is most common in children 2 to 8 years old. Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) can happen at any age, but most cases happen in kids younger than 2 and teens. " https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/cancer-leukemia.html (ALL is what Zachery was diagnosed with)
Although leukemia is the most common type of cancer in children none of the doctors ordered a blood draw for him until one night Zachery went to sleep and when he woke up he had bruises on his arms that weren't there the day before and was jaundiced. Heather took him to the hospital and pleaded for them to help him, something was wrong. The ER doctor finally ordered a blood draw and when he saw the results, he immediately told her.
"I believe your son has leukemia, and a helicopter is waiting to take you to Las Vegas right now." -WARMC ER Doctor
They were in the hospital in Summerlin for 18 days and were then transferred to the Ronald McDonald House which is where Heather (Mom) Kevin (Dad) and Zachery are all staying to finish the remainder of his treatment. This initial aggressive treatment should eliminate 99.9% of cancer. However, they will have to return to Las Vegas 2-3 times a week for several years to check and confirm. Thankfully they have a place to stay at Ronald McDonald house which is free for families of children receiving treatment. There is also a complimentary shuttle that will bring them back and forth from Las Vegas on the treatment days. Just that alone will save them thousands of dollars.
Zachery has had 4 blood transfusions, 3 platelet transfusions 9 chemotherapy treatments. He has 3 more chemotherapy treatments. One into his spinal fluid to keep the caner away from his brain and two more into his port that is in his chest.
However Heather will not be able to return to work as she will have to accompany Zachery. So they will now be depending on one salary.
Our community in the last week and a half has stepped up and shown incredible love and support by putting signs up for leukemia awareness in their offices, collecting money, and wearing orange on Thursdays.