Jayden Breuklander was born on October 16. 2006 after a very long labor and delivery. He lived a normal, happy and healthy life until shortly before his third birthday when he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).
"We were shocked and very upset when we got the diagnosis. It is not something you ever expect to hear about your child," said Jayden's mother, Claudette.
After trying to come to terms with the diagnosis, the Breuklander family faced the daunting three and a half year treatment plan for Jayden. Thankfully, this type of cancer is very treatable which made things a little bit easier to process.
The treatment was very intense for the first year. The chemo and steroids were hard on Jayden. He got very bloated and sick from the steroids. He went for chemotherapy 1-3 times a week for the first few months. Then it was once a week for a year. After that it got easier and less frequent and his final treatment was in February of 2013.
"The doctors, nurses and Child Life specialists at Blank were so wonderful," said Claudette. "We had many stays in the hospital in the first year and the separation was hard on the family, but they made it easier."
Despite having to re-learn how to walk and being sick for almost a year straight, Jayden has faced every obstacle with a smile and good attitude. Now that he is cancer-free, Jayden is looking forward to fishing and hunting with his dad and looks forward to going to oncology camp each summer. And he is going to be in first grade this year!
"Jayden is a very happy child," said Claudette. "He has been through so much in his life, but remains a normal kid! Hearing him laugh and play always makes me so happy!"