Silas Cruz Blaylock

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The Story

Thank you all so much for your continued thoughts and prayers for Silas. Because we have a continued outpouring of people expressing a desire to help, we have established this website. Everyone who knows Marcus & Mari understand what giving and loving people they are. Silas is their first child and has brought so much joy to everyone he meets.
Silas was admitted into the hospital last week and was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. This is not something anyone can prepare for so we are asking for help through this donation page.  Marc and Mari also need help with meals during their stay in the hospital.  You can volunteer through

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Silas cannot be left alone. The hospital requires at least one of his parents be there at all times. He's only 6 months old and his discomfort also means he wants to be held all the time.
In order to defray medical and recovery costs, the family is accepting donations through this site. Anything helps. And we can never have enough prayers. It is times like these that we realize how important the support of friends and family are.
Forever thank you, The Blaylock's 

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 21, 2013 by Grace Blaylock

From Mari;


FaceTime with his mama.

FaceTime…the conveniences of technology.

It’s been awhile since we posted an update.  We get so busy with the day to day and before we know it, weeks have passed.  It has been two weeks since the Super Silas Spectacular.   It was a great day and a great turn out.  Marcus and I got to see a lot of family and friends that we hadn’t seen in a while and we got to meet many many wonderful people.  We met one beautiful and amazing young woman who was diagnosed with AML when she was 6 weeks old.  Now in her twenties, she continues to raise awareness and participate in leukemia organizations.  Our friends and family did an amazing job of putting together a very successful event and what Marcus and I took away from the event was priceless.  Cheesy I know but there’s just no other way to put it.  The people who we’ve been lucky enough to be surrounded by have given us so much and we are forever indebted to everyone.

Silas went into the hospital the following Tuesday to begin his 3rdround of chemotherapy.  This round, called Intensification I, consisted of 3 of the 4 chemos he has had before but the dosage for one of them was 10 times greater than the previous rounds so the doctor warned us to expect fever, nausea and other side effects he hadn’t yet experienced.  Silas did have some low fevers for a couple of days and he was often a little fussy which isn’t him at all so we attributed it to him feeling nauseous.  He finished chemo this past Tuesday and he will stay in the hospital as his ANC continues to drop, today it is 88.  I know we have already done this twice before but we really don’t know what to expect when Silas’ ANC bottoms out.  The first round was really tough; Silas had a lot of fever, a lot of nausea, and a lot of vomiting.  It was hard seeing him feel that bad so we were, mentally, better prepared for the 2ndround.  Silas did great the 2nd round though…at one point his Dr. said Silas was his best-behaved patient in regards to side effects and symptoms.  All we can do now is wait over the next several days and weeks and hope that he handles the after-effects of chemo as well as he did for his 2ndround.

When this all began one of our many concerns was how this would delay Silas’ development.  He is attached to an IV so his mobility is limited.  When he is in the hospital he spends a lot of time in our arms or in his crib but he doesn’t get other opportunities to move around.  So far, though, he is unstoppable.  He’s moving along like any other 9 month old, crawling, and pulling himself up to standing position, sitting up on his own when he is on stomach, he shakes his head no (that’s his favorite), and can sort of nod his head, although at this point it is more of a full body nod.  He is amazing!

Silas’ mama

Posted on January 5, 2013 by Grace Blaylock

From Silas' parents;

I’m writing this from the comfort of home!  Silas was discharged a week ago, Friday.   Posting an update has been on our to do list for a while but we’ve been busy enjoying being home.  His risk of infection is lower, otherwise he would still be in the hospital, however, we still have to be very careful with his exposure to infection so we are very cautious about where we take him, especially with the flu season.  Last Sunday, we took him to the San Antonio Museum of Art…it was perfect.  There were just a few other people there so we practically had the museum to ourselves.   It was also great to spend his first New Year’s here at home.  Although we had to spend most of the holiday in the hospital, it was nice to end the year at home.  Silas’ favorite part of being home is his bath time!  In the hospital he gets a sponge bath because of his port and he gets to splash around once a week when they change out the needles from his port.  He loves, loves, loves his nightly baths!

Silas has been to the clinic for his labs to check his blood counts twice this week, on Wednesday and Friday.  His ANC has not been high enough for him to be re-admitted to start the third round.  I have to admit on Wednesday, I was glad that we would get a little more time on the outside; but Friday, when we found out he still hadn’t recovered enough yet, I was disappointed.  I want his little body to be kicking butt building those blood cells so he can start his next round.  The doctor warned us though, after each round of chemo he will take longer to recover so there is no need to be concerned.  I’ll take him in again on Monday for labs, so maybe he’ll be ready then.

We are so thankful for all the gifts Silas received during Christmas from family, friends, and generous people and organizations.  We have received so many prayers, love, and support and tomorrow it will be nice to be able to thank many of you in person.  Our friends and family have put together the Super Silas Spectacular to benefit Silas.  We have received a great response for the event already.  Did I mention that included an interview with Isis Romero of KSAT 12 News?  We want to thank everyone who has had a part in putting the event together from our friends and family who did all the leg work facilitation the event, the artists who have donated their work for auction, the bands who will be performing at the event, the people who have generously donated other items for auction, and everyone else that had a part in making the event possible.   Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!  We are so blessed to have such wonderful people in our lives.

Posted on December 26, 2012 by Grace Blaylock


Silas has handled this round of chemo very well so far.  It wasn’t until just yesterday (8 days post chemo induction) that he got a fever.   He is now on antibiotics and they are controlling his fever with Tylenol.   He is still in pretty good spirits considering the circumstances.  He is still eating ok and wanting to play.  Silas has needed blood and also platelet infusions twice now as his levels have dropped very low due to the chemo.  He needed infusions during his first round, also, so this is to be expected.  It looks like we will be here for Christmas but hopefully, we will start seeing his ANC come up in the next few days and maybe we will make it home for New Year’s .   That would be a great Christmas present.

We want to thank all the organizations that have generously donated presents for all the kids on our floor.   Silas has definitely been building up his collection of teddy bears (unfortunately he can’t play with them until he’s done with chemo.  Only hard plastic toys right now).  One of the fraternities at UTSA (sorry cant remember name),  SAPD, Hearts for Hope, and Young Texans Against Cancer have all donated various toys and gift card.  Lego’s for Leukemia donated giant legos (which he loves!).  The most notable was a little girl who used to be admitted here , that has recovered now, came by with her mom to give gifts to all the kids.

There is a Music benefit scheduled on Jan 6, 2013 at Sams Burger Joint, from 2-9pm.  Check out Facebook page.

Posted on December 17, 2012 by Grace Blaylock

December 15, 2012

Posted on December 17, 2012 by Grace Blaylock

December 15, 2012

From Silas’ dad…

So he just finished up his 2ndround of chemo and he has been handling it great.  His days have been spent playing, smiling at the nurses, and continuing to work on his development by crawling and us “trying” to have him eat more solids.  He is also much more vocal now and beginning to blow kisses.    We even got a nice surprise when the dr. said he could come off his IV for fluids today (since he’s eating fine and currently not needing antibiotics).  It was great to roam around the ward, do tummy time, and move more freely around the room without wheeling along his IV fluids and meds.   (the dr. said he has been his most behaved patient, in terms of symptoms,  lately)  .

Its been great to have almost zero side effects during the chemo and of course nice to see him happy and playing but unfortunately we also now are preparing ourselves to be ready for him to get sick again.  Remember, its after the chemo is done when his immune system is at its lowest that he is most susceptible to getting sick.   Also, the dr. has informed us that his recovery time, after each treatment, will be longer each time.  So, yes, it looks like we will be here through Christmas.

Although we will be here throughout the holidays the staff and other patients have really done a great job with the Christmas decorations.  The San Antonio symphony and the spurs coyote even stopped by the other day to play Christmas carols.

We want to say thank you to everyone who has signed up to have dinner delivered to us; this continues to be such a huge help.    We also want to say thanks to our parents for all their help.  Thanks to Jose and Ana for coming every afternoon and taking care of him and thanks mom for driving over from el paso to stay the night with Silas for a week to give us a break.  Also thanks to some of our close friends like Lorraine Gibson who has been working on rallying volunteers with my mom for the care calendar (among a million other things) and Melissa Adame for managing the website and even working on a music benefit for Silas next month.

Posted on December 10, 2012 by Grace Blaylock

Posted on December 10, 2012 by Grace Blaylock

December 8, 2013

From Mari,
I’d like to start off by saying thank you to the nurses and staff at Methodist Children’s Hospital in our unit.  They are an amazing, compassionate, selfless group of people who go above and beyond what is in their job description.  Silas is in good hands here at the hospital.

Speaking of the hospital, he is back for his second round of chemo.  He was admitted Thursday morning and they began his chemo that afternoon.  This round will last 8 days compared to the last round that went for 10 days.  He finished day 3 today which means we are almost half-way done with this round.  It was different coming into this round for Silas.  His first round started with him recovering from an infection in his intestines and already extremely immnocompromised.  This time around he had no infection to recover from and his ANC was over 1000 which is good.  I don’t know when he will be sent home again, it is all up to him and how quickly he recovers to a safe enough level that the doctors are comfortable with letting him out for a little bit.  I’m assuming we will be in here at least through Christmas.

I know once this round of chemo takes it’s toll on his body we’ll have some rough days but I’m trying to learn from my little man and to just take it day by day and live in this moment.  And right now, this moment is good.  It’s one of the blessings of him being so young…physically, when he feels good, mentally he is great.  He doesn’t have the hangs ups that someone older might have feeling bad about their situation or frustrated at being stuck in a hospital.  He doesn’t care that his first Halloween was spent on pain meds to make him feel better or that his first Thanksgiving was spend nauseous and sick…he’s living in the right now and right now he feels good so he’s happy!  It’s a lesson we all should learn.

Since being admitted on Thursday he was having problems with eating…at first we thought he just wanted one of his regular bottles, not the hospital premixed infant feeders they have.  We brought his bottles from home and when he saw them he was so excited because the kid was starving.  The premixed formula the hospital uses is the same kind we use so we were just taking the formula from the feeders they come in and putting it in his bottle.  Then yesterday he hardly ate at all and this morning he was still refusing his bottle.  One of the nurses didn’t think he should be having problems with eating so early on in this round so she suggested we bring his formula from home (which is the same as the hospitals but in powder form) and try that.  That was what he was wanting…when he saw the container the formula comes in he started crying because he wanted it.  Phooh!  He’s eating again and this has been our biggest problem the past few days so we are doing good.   He doesn’t have quite the energy he normally does but he’s still smiling and laughing and that is what matters most.

Thank you all for your continued support!

Silas’ mama

Posted on December 4, 2012 by Grace Blaylock

Posted on December 4, 2012 by Grace Blaylock


From Silas’ dad…

We haven’t been able to put up a post because so much has been going on.  But all good news.  On Thursday we got to leave the hospital to go home.  Silas’ ANC were rising quick and dr. gave us the “ok” to be discharged.  So things have been busy with the move and the transition back to the house but it sure is nice to be home.  He’s been sleeping ok and having fun back at the house with his toys  (even though most of his toys were the same ones we had at hospital, we really moved in).  It’s nice that he’s not attached (ie. IV lines) to anything either and we’re able to move him around freely. The next steps are to monitor his ANC and platelets and see if they are able to stay up on their own.  We’ll take Silas to an outpatient clinic every other day to check his blood.  Once his immune system is holding its own he will be readmitted for the 2ndof 4 rounds of chemo.   This could take a few days or a few weeks.  The sooner the better that means he’s able to recover quicker.  We take him in tomorrow for his lab tests.    I have to say it’s been nice to be home but bittersweet knowing that we have to go back.  Our bags are packed ready to head back to the hospital at anytime.

He got his first haircut last Wednesday; it was falling out and getting all over the place, including his eyes and mouth.  There’s a hairdresser in the hospital so we had her come down to buzz the rest of his locks off.  He was a little freaked out with the noise but did ok.   I gotta say, bald may be he look, now that you didn’t notice them before but all you see now are those big brown eyes.

Posted on November 29, 2012 by Grace Blaylock

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