It’s hard for Brittany, the aunt of five-year-old Jaxon, to recall a time that his family remembers him being fully well. After suffering from a complication during his birth, he spent 11 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of his local hospital in Saint John, NB. As time went on Jaxon’s mom Courtney recalls that he wasn’t growing at a normal rate and had constant chest infections. No one was prepared when, at the age of two, two tumours were discovered in Jaxon’s abdomen.
Upon learning this devastating news the family travelled to the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, NS where it was confirmed that Jaxon had Neuroblastoma – a type of childhood cancer.
Four months later he had a surgery to remove one of the tumours from his right adrenal gland. By the summer of 2018 Jaxon’s cancer had spread to his lymph nodes, kidney and bone marrow advancing his cancer to Stage 4. He began rigorous treatment which included chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy. He also made two critical trips to Toronto’s SickKids for a stem cell harvest and a stem cell transplant. Both of these crucial flights were made possible by the Air Canada Foundation.
“We would not be where we are today if it wasn’t for organizations like the Air Canada Foundation,” said Brittany. “Our family’s world had fallen apart when Jaxon was diagnosed and we were grateful to ACF for helping us to get him to the essential stem-cell transplant he needed.”
Recently, after three years of treatment, Jaxon and his family learned that he currently shows no current active signs of cancer. Brittany and Courtney want to thank everyone who supports ACF’s vital hospital transportation program.