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Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.  

In addition to this site we will have a donation site set-up soon to help with all the financial burdens of a medical situation that will require some adjustments to life.  Or if you would like to donate in Jayden's name to an organization directly please see our Resources page for some sites that we find important. 

Jayden is a Happy, Handsome, Amazing 4 year old boy whose world changed in a matter of weeks.  He is the toughest kid I have ever met.  He was experiencing severe back pain for over 6 weeks and was brought to Kaiser San Francisco for an MRI on May 16th 2013.  We got a call that he needed to be transferred to Kaiser Oakland as soon as possible as they found some tumors in his spine and pelvis and we needed to do more testing.  After 3 Xrays, a CT scan, 2 MRIs, 2 Biopsies, a spinal tap, 3 IV lines and and many many blood tests, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) with Lymphomatous features.  He has cancer in his blood stream and has 3 tumors- 2 on his spine between L2 and L4 and one on his pelvis. One of the tumors on his spine has grown into it, obstructing his spine, making walking, standing and sitting very painful.  We are hoping that the chemo will quickly shrink this tumor, so the pain subsides.  He will have to wear a back brace to protect his spine as the tumor shrinks leaving a gap in his bone.  He will need to wear this brace until his bone grows back.  We are hoping that with the advanced oncology treatments and amazing oncology team he can get through this! 

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Melissa Zentner posted a new journal entry, "Coming home tomorrow".

We finally get to go home tomorrow after Jayden's bone marrow test and chemo treatment. It has been a long 14 days in the hospital and we are ready to start the next ... Read more

Melissa Zentner posted a new journal entry, "Coming home tomorrow".

We finally get to go home tomorrow after Jayden's bone marrow test and chemo treatment. It has been a long 14 days in the hospital and we are ready to start the next ... Read more

Yeshe ma Wade signed Jayden's Guestbook.

Thinking of you ALL every morning in my prayers...  Sending you lots of LOVE all ways... Read more

Melissa Zentner posted a new journal entry, "no discharge yet".

So it looks like we don't get to come home yet....its easy to hear and plan on leaving the second we hear a discharge date...but some doctors think we should stay longer. ... Read more

charity conrad signed Jayden's Guestbook.

Please come join Samantha Zentner sister to Jayden Zentnter as her and her family raise money for Jayden's treatment by having a bake sale. "This was Samantha's ... Read more

Melissa Zentner posted a new journal entry, "Back Fractures".

The Neurologist was in today and really explained the significance of his back brace that needs to be worn at ALL times!  The original back fracture he had, that is ... Read more

Veronica Jordan signed Jayden's Guestbook.

Keep hoping and praying, God is mighty and there is nothing He cannot do, I will continue to pray for Jayden daily.  I'm hoping and believing for the best.  My husband's ... Read more

Ray Timmel signed Jayden's Guestbook.

Hi Jayden Melissa and family.JoAnn and I are going to pray for you everyday from now until you are old and grey. WE LOVE YOU..RAYMOND AND JOANN Read more

Jim Timmel signed Jayden's Guestbook.

Hi Jayden, Kris And I Are sad that you have cancer. We will pray for you. We sure love you. Jim Read more

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