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 Jake, Braydon’s father, after returning home on an emergency trip from Afghanistan, thought Braydon looked “different.” On April 20th, 2011, Braydon was diagnosed with Chronic Mylegenous Leukemia (CML) after several trips to the doctor. His white counts were 292,000. (Normal range is between 4,000-10,000). After being on 2 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 Braydon’s family, they all love her. Braydon’s spirits through this whole journey have been amazingly positive.
A family friend started a Light The Night team in honor of Braydon in 2011. Friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors in the community gathered to support Braydon and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. They raised over $4,000 in his honor! Braydon is an honored hero this year and their team is already raising funds for the 2012 Walk.
On February 14th, 2012, Braydon went home after spending months at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Braydon’s mother’s advice to other families going through this is just stick together. “It will get rough, you’ll cry a lot and ask ‘why my child.’ But you have to be strong for them because you are their rock and they depend on you more than you think!”
To participate in the Light The Night Walk please register online www.LightTheNight.org/WA