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Seth’s Story

Seth Harris, at age 10, was diagnosed with T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on July 25, 2007. He fought this disease until the very end with all his might. After just turning 12 years old on May 15, 2009-on May 31, 2009, Seth died of complications from transplant-VOD, he did not die of leukemia. Seth was an only child and a hero. Please visit his foundation website to see how we are continuing the legacy of courage, which he started -



Seth is/was the 12 year old son of Chad and Dawn Harris. He is the grandson of Rex and Helen Lee and Don and Peggy Harris. His home is in Bay Springs, MS and he attends Sylva-Bay Academy where he would be in the sixth grade this year (if he could attend). He enjoyed football and basketball before his sickness and loves to hunt and ride his four-wheeler. Seth has just started playing the guitar. He has two dogs, two horses and has the biggest heart a boy could have. He has no siblings but he has a special cousin, Emilee and special Aunts-Dana and Rhonda.


Dear Friends and Family,

Seth was sick a few days in June and the entire month of July with his stomach. He had nausea and stomach cramping almost constantly and lost about 10 pounds in that time. He was diagnosed in early July, by a local doctor, as having a bad stomach bacteria and treated with stout medication but when the medication did not help we took him to UMC's emergency room. He was diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (wbc was 259,000-normal is between 5,000-10,000) and he also had cells present in his CNS (spinal fluid). Our lives have been changed forever since July 25, 2007. We have found our Heavenly Father all over again and have learned to pray unlike ever before. Seth is our only child and has been our world since May 15, 1997, we are a close three and always will be. Please pray for our baby, he has the fight of his life ahead of him but he has many family members and friends by his side and thank you all for your love and prayers and for taking the time to visit his web-site.

The Harris', Chad, Dawn and Seth


UPDATE: Seth hit maintenance right before his 11th birthday in May, 2008. Not an easy task, but he did it. Right before maintenance he began having seizures brought on by IT meds. (spinal meds). MRI showed there was change in the white matter and fluid around the nerve bundles. We pray that these changes are reversible and Seth will continue to be a happy, healthy child with no long term complications. He will remain on seizure medication for a year. He completed 10 days of cranial radiation and remains in remission. He will receive chemotherapy for another two years, along with spinals.

UPDATE: January 15, 2009-Seth has relapsed in his CNS (spinal fluid), our next journey is a bone marrow transplant.


May 31, 2009-Seth earned his angel wings. Seth got his transplant just two days before turning 12 years old. Seth died of complications from transplant-veno occlusive disease (a disease of the liver from too much chemotherapy/radiation treatment) and the fact that a medical professional and team of board members were not as willing and committed as family members and friends to get a drug to him (the only drug proven to work) in a timely manner. After days of trying non stop, family, friends and complete strangers were able to move mountains and get the drug "defibrotide" to Seth, however, it was too late and his body had began to shut down. Seth held on as long as he could, he amazed doctors in ICU and overcame many obstacles. He will always remain our best friend, our wonderful son and grandson, our deer hunter, our buddy, our angel, and most of all our hero. He will remain in our hearts forever and missed until we meet again. We, his parents, feel like Job 3:25-26 "What I feared has come upon me; What I dreaded has happened to me; I have no peace, no quiteness; I have no rest but only turmoil.  

Thank you for following his story and legend! Keep praying for us as we learn to pray again.
Chad and Dawn Harris (parents of Seth Harris-the three amigos 4-ever)

Update; Seth's baby sister was born May 20, 2010, almost a year after we lost Seth. Saydee Hope Harris gives us a reason to get out of bed each day and hope for a future worth living again. She favors her big brother tremendously.

The Seth Harris Childhood Cancer Foundation has been formed in memory and in honor of Seth. So that his life will continue to touch and help those affected by this horrible disease. For more information visit

Latest Journal Update


May 15th and you would be 17 years old. Happy Birthday in Heaven, we miss you as much as we did when you left us and love you just as much as ever. We got ourselves a birthday present, a photo of what you would look like around this age.... it is breath-taking. Thank you for the moments you took our breath away and the memories that we are left with. Your little sister speaks of you often to have never met you in life. Love you son, Happy Birthday!
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Lucel-Melody Wings
By Lucel-Melody Wings
Had you on my mind and'd be 18 now......lifting up your family.....
Christi Eckert
By Christi Eckert
You are right, the picture is breath-taking. He is such a beautiful boy. I cannot begin to imagine how much you miss him. Through your sharing over the years, I felt I knew Seth. I still feel his spirit whenever I see a dragonfly, a deer, or anything I know he would have enjoyed. He makes me enjoy those things more than I usually would. He is still touching and enriching lives.
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Traci Zoller
By Traci Zoller
I just felt the need to drop in to check on you and your family and to let you know that Seth has been on my mind. Seth's story and Caring Bridge sites were one of the very first sites I started to follow so Seth holds a special place in my heart.
I would love to see an update on little Miss Saydee~I imagine she has grown so much!!
Take care and know that you are in my prayers not only today but very often.
Hugs from Ohio
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Cindy Culpepper
By Cindy Culpepper
What a sweet gift. I still feel the hole he's left, not as much as you guys, but still...there are dragonflies every here. Seth is thought of and missed so often. Happy birthday in heaven! Olivia's mom
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Susan Doss
By Susan Doss
So handsome! Prayers for your family! Happy Heavenly birthday, Seth!
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Dorothy Burt
By Dorothy Burt
Wow! Amazing! Happy birthday Seth!
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Jennifer Hospodor
By Jen Hospodor
brings a tear to my eye...Happy Birthday sweet boy.
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Julie Hammond
By Julie Hammond
Happy Birthday Seth! Heaven has a party going today! Hugs to mom, dad, & Saydee!
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april bailey
By April
Happy Birthday Seth!!!!!!!!
Looks so handsome in that picture. Love it!
Prayers for you and your family, always!!!
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Lisa Armsrong
By Lisa Armstrong
I have followed your story from the beginning and have prayed for you many many times and will continue to. Could you tell me who did your picture? My sister lost her only child three years ago at the age of 13. I would love to get this done for her and give it to her on the year his class graduates from high school. I am so so so sorry for you loss and will continue to keep your family in my prayers.
My email address is
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