On February 18th, I will eat a scoop to support Dylan’s #cancerfight because #teensgetcancertoo. @eaticecreamday #leukemia #minnesotaTweet
Dylan is a 13 year old who is in the 7th grade. He is a very tall 5’10” kid whose family and friends refer to as a gentle giant because his kindness is evident in all that he does. He enjoys playing football, basketball, and soccer and hanging out with family and friends. Dylan has a love of the water and is the first one in swimming each spring and the last one out each fall. But his favorite water is jumping the waves in the ocean near San Diego where his cousins and aunt live.
The Marshall’s are a family of 5 and live in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis/St Paul area. The family consists of mom, Jen, and dad, Jon, and 3 kids: Elijah (18), Dylan (13), and Kennedy (9). Our family enjoys spending time during the summer at our lake cabin and getting outdoors to hike, bike and walk the dog. We also enjoy spending as much as we can with family and friends.
Around Thanksgiving weekend 2019, Dylan was not feeling well with symptoms similar to flu and mono. He was sent to the U of MN Children’s hospital ER after Dylan’s lab work didn’t look quite right and was admitted for more testing. The very next day we were informed that Dylan had leukemia. It took a week to determine that Dylan has a rare form of leukemia known as Acute Undifferentiated Leukemia.
He began round 1 of chemotherapy upon his diagnosis and is just finishing round 2. Dylan and his family have been in the hospital since the night of admission as his immune system is weakened. They are hoping that this round of chemo will put Dylan into remission so that a bone marrow transplant can happen. Dylan is expected to remain inpatient for 4 to 6 months to optimize his fight against infection and the ultimate fight against cancer.
Dylan and his family are quite new to this journey. He’s feeling pretty good all things considered but does have the challenge of occasional nausea and fever spikes.
However, he and his family are ready to kick cancer’s butt!!