My name is Ward Wright and I am 8 years old. I was diagnosed on April 22, 2009 (at age 3 ½) with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. Please pray for me.
My name is Ward Wright and I am 8 years old. I was diagnosed on April 22, 2009 (at age 3 ½) with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma (solid tumor cancer). My parents are Maranda & Tom and my little sister is Hallie Kay. We live in Albany, Georgia where we attend Gillionville Baptist Church and I attend 2nd grade at Deerfield Windsor School. I love to play outside with my dog, Dooly, and also enjoy golfing with Daddy and baseball. I have been cancer-free for 3 years and I praise the Lord every day for His healing!
Remember the wonders He has done, His miracles... Psalm 105:5
Oh, what The Lord can do in 4 years! It occurred to me last night as we were trick-or-treating that exactly 4 years ago, Ward was in the heat of the battle. Though he felt horribly rotten because of the high dose chemo he was receiving in preparation for his bone marrow transplant, he still donned his Halloween costume plus a face mask and slowly walked the hallway of the transplant unit at Egleston. You could see the pain in his eyes and tell from the redness of his skin (the chemo was burning him from within) that he was in a terribly fragile state, yet his desires were in line with every other 4 year-old that year - GET CANDY! Last night as I watched him run from door to door, outrunning all the kids but his sister (who is a naturally gifted runner), I couldn't help but recall this verse. So, after a long silence on this site, I decided to write...
We don't have much new news on the cancer front. Ward went to his first "survivor" visit and overall it went well. After a long day of poking and prodding, we established some baselines for the major body systems and we will use those to monitor him yearly. Many drugs that he received have late-onset side effects so we will just have to wait and see how his body grows in response to those medications (though we are praying daily against any negative effects). There was only one area of immediate concern: Ward is experiencing "iron overload" from all the wonderful, life-prolonging blood transfusions he received during treatment. The extra iron is just hanging out in his liver which can cause damage to that organ as well as the heart. We are waiting for him to get over a cold so that we can reassess. Based on the results, we will decide on a treatment plan. We are praying that all will be resolved miraculously or through medical procedure so I'm choosing not to worry about it. But you can join us in praying over this concern.
Thank you so much for continuing to follow Ward and our family - what a blessing you are to us even though we don't know most of you! Please take time to praise The Lord today for what He has done in and through Ward's life!! We serve an awesome God who is worthy of our continuous praise!!