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 - www.shccf.org
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
TRUST YOUR HOPES, NOT YOUR FEARS.
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.
PRAYER DOES NOT COST ANYTHING BUT CAN CHANGE SO MUCH.
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 www.shccf.org
September is almost over but the fight however is not!!
Sep 30, 2013 6:21pmSorry that I don't make or find time to update Seth's caring bridge site any more often than I do but life is just a race and it is all one can do to keep up with each and every task at hand. Saydee is our number one priority and she keeps us on our toes and everything else that we can stand on. She is not doing kindergarten just yet (K3 is awful young but we did not have a choice with Seth, we do have a choice with Saydee thankfully), she is doing speech therapy once a week and loves it, loves her therapist and her therapist's are amazed with her progress. Just over a year ago, we didn't think she would ever talk, now it is the opposite and we cannot get her to be quite. But we do not tell her to be quite very often, the sound of that sweet little voice is just too darn precious.
Chad's MS is still hanging at about the same, no worse, no better but we don't expect it to actually get any better, until a cure is found, seems we are always searching for a cure!!! But a cure for childhood cancer still remains our passion. Seth's foundation steadily grows thanks to our friends, family and community and "friends" outside of our community. We received word not too long ago that the outdoor courtyard project at Blair E. Batson, is hopefully on the move in the next little while and the foundation is sponsoring the cancer clinic's annual "Jingle Bell Jog" in December. We painted our town "Gold" for the month of September for Childhood Cancer Awareness and we have been working on so many things, too many to list but the website www.shccf.org is always updated, thanks to Robin Mackinaw. So very many others to thank for hard work, their time and their loving hearts for always putting so much into the foundation. Seth would be proud of how far it has come!! I know Chad and I are so proud of it. One county over, Jones County Mississippi, signed a proclamation in September, declaring "Gold" for September Childhood Cancer Awareness month and I was blessed to be a small part of that and so many other "happenings" that occur when folks come together to change the face of such an ugly beast and in the hopes to find a cure.
I will have my second hip replacement surgery this coming Thursday, my other hip was replaced in August, 2010 and it went smoothly. Hoping that this, the other hip, will go nearly as smooth. I had a partial knee replacement done in April and it has not done that great. The doctor feels like the reason it is not rebounding like it should, is that the hip (same side as the knee replacement) has now, in a short time, become bone on bone. His hopes and experience is to replace the other "flaw" which is keeping me from walking in a straight, regular gait and he feel this is what is keeping the knee from healing. Hopefully, he is right but I would appreciate prayers that this solves the issue and finally, I am able to live/walk pain free. The pain in my heart I know will remain forever, there is no surgery for that but I would definitely love to walk without continued pain.... that should not be too much to ask at the young age of 41, besides, I have many memories yet to make with Saydee.
We just recently received the name, address and email address of Seth's bone marrow donor. She not only gave Seth (and us) hope at a cancer free life but she gave a precious gift of "life", much like rebirth of sorts, to a complete and total stranger. She can never know the appreciation and gratitude we will always have for her and for all bone marrow donors. Why it took me over four years to finally ask for this information, I guess I didn't know what to say to someone who gave of themselves only to have all efforts fail but I realize the failure we would have felt, as Seth's parents, his protectors, had we never been able to find a donor in the national registry. His struggle was long and tough for us to watch but it could have been multiplied had he been eaten up with cancer as most kids unfortunately are. Seth and his bone marrow donor Kim (from Germany) will always be our heroes in this lifetime. I have not found the words to put in a "Thank you" letter but I am making a point to write her before too much time passes, I have let enough time pass.
I am attempting to add more recent pics of Saydee, including one to this update but finding these new "caring bridge" updates, pretty hard to figure out!! Sorry for the neglect.
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Seth loved to receive a message, on a bad day he'd just look at the names of those who had signed. Thank you, who continue to lift us up and provide us with the strength we need to face our days now without him.
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