As most of you know, my first blogging friend ever (over 6 years ago) was Sheaffer of Sheaffer Told Me To. She has been a cheerleader to me, and to so many, in so many ways, and I’m glad and proud to call her a friend! Recently, she asked me to help spread the word about her cousin’s 3-year-old son, Holt, who has been diagnosed with cancer. What I know for sure in life is that these are the things that really need to be shared, so of course I said yes!
I’ll let Sheaffer tell you the rest:
My cousin Alden has a 3 year old son named Holt, who we are now calling The Incredible Holt. Holt is as precocious as they come, sweet as can be, and he has some spunk in him as well. He is a whole lot of fun!
Sweet Holt was diagnosed with cancer on September 21st. After multiple biopsies and soooo many tests over the last 6 months, the doctors have determined that Holt has a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma called Anaplastic Large T-Cell lymphoma.
Below is a picture of Holt’s family. Alden used to teach in Frisco, but she became a stay at home mom when she had Holt. She also used to do a little part time work at her church (Preston Trail), but right now she’s focusing all of her time and attention on Holt. Jeff is an English teacher and Varsity football coach at Boyd High School, right here in McKinney.
Alden is also pregnant and due in December. So, not only will they be undergoing treatment with Holt, she will also be caring for a sweet little newborn.
The preliminary treatment plan focuses on chemo. Holt received his port on Tuesday, and he’s already received his first 2 chemo treatments. He will receive 6 “blocks”, or rounds, of chemo in three-four week cycles, equaling out to about 6 months of treatment. Every block of treatment begins with a 5-6 day hospital stay where Holt will receive chemo for 5 days in a row and then will head home for about 2 weeks.
Just like all of us would do for our own children, Jeff and Alden are going to do whatever they need to do to get their boy the best treatment they can. They are a financially responsible young couple, but they were not prepared for this, as I don’t think many families would be.
This sweet family has gone through so much, and they still have such a long road ahead. I would be thrilled if our little community came together to help. The power behind each of us giving even just $10 each could have such an impact! Would y’all join me? Let’s rally together to take some of the financial burden of fighting cancer off of Alden and Jeff. Let’s give them a little peace of mind during this stressful season.
WHAT AN INCREDIBLE GIFT THIS COULD BE!!!
I HAVE 3 EASY WAYS YOU CAN DONATE TODAY:
- GO FUND ME DONATIONS
If you would like to give directly to the family through their Go Fund Me account, you can click here. Any amount would be so greatly appreciated. Personally, I don’t want Alden and Jeff to spend one second worrying over the financial aspect of this journey. I want them only to focus on their precious boy.
Click HERE to to get to their Go Fund Me page.
For the other 2 ways to donate, click here to head to Sheaffer’s blog!
Any little bit helps!
I love you and your big heart. Thank you so much for sharing! ❤️
Ugh, I’m so sorry to hear about Holt and his diagnosis of cancer! Hearing news like this makes me SO sad. No one, especially children, should have to carry the burden of having cancer and go through chemo. I have two young boys close to Holt’s age, so, this really hits me hard. I’ve donated to their Go Fund Me account and hope that God heals Holt completely. God bless him and his family, and thank you for sharing this to help them out.
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Judy Parsons says
I think it is wonderful that you posted this. Such a sad story, but you are there to help. Thanks for making us all aware of Holt and his family.