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,