Dylan's Fight - Ninja Style

For: Dylan Schroeder
Arlington Heights, IL
Organizer: Tiffany Popiolek
Dylan's Fight - Ninja Style (Dylan Schroeder)
of $25,000 goal
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Raised by 208 donors

The Story

Dearest Family & Friends,

"Ninjas don't wish upon a star. They throw them."

Joanna and Fred brought 3-year old Dylan to the pediatrician on Friday, 9/22, for a rash and some bruising. During the visit, the doctor felt an enlarged spleen so immediately drew blood. The blood test came back showing a low platelet count, so he immediately headed back to the hospital for a chest x-ray and labs. 

Later that afternoon, the doctor called with a leukemia diagnosis. 

Yes, you read that right - a leukemia diagnosis. Jaw-dropping.

The family spent the weekend at Lutheran General Hospital where Dylan became mayor of his floor. And, it's of no surprise he's  adored by all from doctors to nurses to the food service and cleaning crew. He's charming and a little man beyond his years.

On Sunday, 9/24, Dylan had blood drawn to determine the leukemia 'type' so treatment plans could be put into place. And Monday, 9/25, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). This was just the type' for which Joanna and Fred were hoping!

Next in line was a spinal tap and spinal fluid chemo. PLUS, a bone marrow biopsy and a port placement (chemo can then be administered through this port).  WHEN the infection clears, Dylan can finally head home on Friday, 9/29, to begin outpatient treatment.

Though an upswing of some positive news - there is a long road to recovery ahead.  Please, offer financial support for the Schroeder family (no matter how small) to assist with Dylan's medical expenses and treatments. 

But most importantly, never let up on the love and support you've already given. 

So why the ninja quote? For those of you who may not know, Joanna and Fred could have sworn Dylan's first word was 'ninja'. And he just so happens to have mad ninja skills. Now more than ever. 

Let's bring this precious badass ninja back to health, happiness, and Hi YAs!

THANK YOU and much love, 


Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 28, 2018


Posted on March 28, 2018

March 7th Dylan was supposed to just go in for counts. We thought he looked great and had amazing energy. His hemoglobin, platelets, and ANC were all low. He got a blood transfusion and 6 hrs later we were our way home 🙌💛 He had the next week off.  His ANC (his immune system) was very low so we have to keep him home as much as possible. The transfusion will not help with that. That has to improve on its own. March 21st Dylan went into clinic for the next phase of treatment. His ANC was low again and his chemo was put on hold. He did not get his spinal tap with spinal chemo and iv chemos. Today March 28th Dylan met counts!!!!! Today he had a spinal tap done with spinal chemo and IV chemo. This phase will be 56 days and he will receive chemo every 10 days  along with one more spinal..... as long as his counts are good. After this phase is over Dylan will start maintenance 🙌💛 This means daily oral chemo, a second chemo 2days a week, steroids 5 days a month, IV chemo monthly, spinals every 3 months. Dylan has been enjoying the nice days outside and loves to build, paint, play with play dough, and trucks of course. He loves to play dress up and pretend he is a fireman or police officer (he loves being the good guy and saving people). He is also busy catching up with what he has missed being out of school. He is learning to write his name and identify all the letters of the alphabet. His little sister adores him and he loves playing with her in his kitchen or tool bench. If all goes well Dylan will return to swim school (swimming is his absolute favorite!!!!!!) in the Summer and school in the fall. 

Posted on November 6, 2017

Posted on November 6, 2017

Update from Joanna and Fred (AKA-Mom & Dad)

Dylan has been Hospitalized 3 times since diagnosis. We have had some bumps in the road, but overall he has tolerated Chemo well. The steroids were extremely problematic and caused more side effects than i could list, however those were completed on October 24th. We will be on week long cycles of steroids here and there but over all never for this long again! He is currently completed week 2 of 4 weeks of spinal taps and intrathecal (spinal) chemo. He is currently in month 2 of treatment. He will have a total of 6 months of intense treatment (oral chemo, iv chemo, spinal chemo, steroids, and other social medications) and 2 1/2 years of maintenance treatment (oral chemo plus monthly iv/spinal chemo and monthly visits).  I'm currently still on unpaid leave from work to be there for Dylan for all his treatments, Doctors appointments, hospitalizations, and daily needs....and of course for baby Klara. We are doing the best we can, But NINJA DYLAN is the real rock star!!! He has been such an amazing kid throughout all of this and has inspired us and so many people! THANK YOU ALL sooooo much for all the support! We love you all!!!!!!


Posted on October 3, 2017


Posted on October 3, 2017

Dylan was discharged from the hospital on Friday, 9/29. He only made it two nights before he spiked a fever and was admitted back into the hospital. His lab work was concerning and was given IV fluids, antibiotics, blood transfusion and platelets. As of today, 10/2, Dylan is feeling much better and is in good spirits.

Please continue to pray!


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