Ashton is always on the go! A sweet and loving boy, he is curious, inquisitive and always smiling. It’s hard to believe he has had a difficult past year.
In August 2017, Ashton was diagnosed with a Wilms Tumor. Shortly thereafter, his right kidney was removed along with surrounding lymph nodes, and a port was put in. He began radiation and chemotherapy after Labor Day 2017 and had six radiation treatments and 27 weeks of chemotherapy. Although he was tired and not feeling well often, he was always smiling and enjoying the people around him.
A Kindergartener at Central Decatur Schools in Leon, Iowa, Ashton doesn’t let his diagnosis slow him down. He loves every minute of learning at school. He enjoys reading before bed at night and loves to show off his new skills he has learned. He participates in wrestling, t-ball, soccer, dance, and tumbling classes. Ashton loves to play sports at home, pretending to be one his favorite players from their local high school or a professional team. Basketball, football, soccer, or baseball, it makes no difference; Ashton loves to be a leader on any team.
Ashton’s diagnosis and treatment have been a struggle, but his family chooses to look at it in a different light. “I truly believe that this diagnosis has been a challenge put in our path so we can touch other lives around us,” said Ashton’s mom, Kat. “Ashton has shown such interest in the medical aspect of his treatments, is calm and collected during access and visits, and fell in love with his oncology and infusion nurses. If he doesn't become a professional athlete, I could see him becoming a doctor or nurse.”
Throughout their ordeal, Ashton’s family has been encouraged by the tremendous support they received, from the Children's Cancer Connection to Blank Oncology and Infusion Centers, and every nurse, doctor, or secretary they encountered. “Even the simple smiles on the elevators from complete strangers were a comfort at times,” Kat said. “It allowed our family to take a step back and really enjoy the simpler things in life.”
Ashton is excited to be Kid Captain and hopes he gets to shoot some hoops with the big boys!