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Hearing the words, “you have cancer,” is never something you think will happen to you and when it happens to your son, it’s the last thing you expect as a mother! Braydon Hutchison was just like any other 10 year old boy. He loved football, being outdoors, fishing and video games. He was just a regular boy living in Tacoma, Washington; living a regular life. Though Braydon’s father, after returning home on an emergency trip from Afghanistan, thought Braydon looked “different.” On April 20th 2011, just over a year ago, Braydon was diagnosed with Chronic Mylegenous Leukemia (CML).
After being on two different types of oral chemo, the doctors decided transplant was the best option. A 10/10 match was found a few weeks later, from a 51 year old female in the United Kingdom!...even though she doesn’t know our family, we all love her. This transplant and the therapy advancements made possible by LLS, saved his life. On February 14th, 2012, Braydon went home after spending months at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Last year in 2011, a family friend created a Light The Night team in Braydon’s honor and in a short amount of time we recruited 46 walkers and raised $4,118! We ended up being the #5 Top Fundraising Team on Walk night! From fundraisers like Light The Night, LLS invested $76.6 million into research worldwide in 2011 and more than $8 million of those research dollars are locally funded at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington!
Braydon is a 2012 Honored Hero for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Light The Night Walk! I am writing you today to encourage you to join our team, Braydon, for the 2012 South Sound Walk on Saturday, September 22nd. I truly hope that you join us at the Walk this year because my son is living proof that LLS is making a positive difference in the lives of patients.