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This site was created and is updated and maintained by Azzy's auntie, Heather.
Our Azzy went home to be with Jesus on 27 Nov 2012, after fighting hard for 16 months. We are so grateful to all of you for sticking by us and supporting us during this journey.
Azariah (Azzy) was 2 years old, and the son of Anthony and Sabria Beck. He has two brothers, Josh, 3, and Maxx, 2.
Azzy was a normal 11 month old boy, crawling and trying to learn to walk. Overnight, he developed a large bump on his right temple, and two black eyes. At first, we thought he'd fallen and bumped his head, or that we'd cut his hair too short with the clippers. As the days went on, the black eyes weren't healing and he stopped sleeping. His happy, perky self was replaced by a lethargic baby who was clearly in pain. A few days into the ordeal, we decided to take him to the ER to get him looked at.
Almost immediately, the bump was thought by the nurses to be a tumor. a CT scan was ordered, as well as an MIBG. On August 9, 2011, the tests showed conclusively that Azzy has stage 4 Neuroblastoma. The mass on his temple was indeed a tumor, and the tests also showed a tomato sized tumor in his abdomen and several smaller ones in his sinus cavity, pushing his teeth out.
That day, a bone marrow biopsy was done, and a few days later, it was determined that he was considered high risk and would need the maximum amount of chemo drugs in order to beat it. His first round of chemo was on August 11, one day before the "high risk" was determined. They'd started him on intermediate risk chemo drugs so they could get a jump start at reducing the tumors, in case he was intermediate risk. When it was learned that he was high risk, they switched his chemo drugs to include more aggressive ones, and his treatments were extended by 1 more chemo session.
The next week, a second lump formed on his other temple and was confirmed to be another tumor. It was initially thought that the tumors were attached to the outside of his skull, but it was discovered that they were inside his skull, pushing on his brain.
His oncologist told us that he has a 30% chance of making it through treatments and a possible relapse before age 5.