Welcome to River Peedin's CaringBridge website. We are using this to keep family and friends updated on what is happening with River.
We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement for River and his family. Below is his story:
River was born on March 13th, 2014. He has been a normal two and a half year old. Playing, laughing and loving everyone. All was well until they went for a doctor's checkup for a possible ear infection on January 6th, 2017. This day changed the Peedin family forever.
After several tests, their sweet River was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. This is also known as ALL.
As most families would be, they were in total shock when the doctors gave them the diagnosis. They were immediately admitted into Levine Children's Hospital where they have received the most amazing care and support. That Friday was the beginning of a long journey to recovery for River and his family.
Once admitted and diagnosed, River began an immediate course of action for treatment. He has had blood transfusions, platelet transfusions, bone marrow biopsies as well as began a chemo therapy plan. He also received his port that will be used for the next three and a half years. River stayed at Levine's for seven days and then was discharged. However, blood transfusions, spinal taps, bone marrow biopsies and chemo therapy will continue to be a routine for River and his family for the next few years.
River is one of the toughest kids you will meet. He has had to endure more than most toddlers his age in such a short amount time. He has been such a trooper
through it all. The power of prayer has been the reason their family is getting through this trial in their lives. So first and foremost, please PRAY for River and his family.
They have had a great amount of support from family and friends during this time and they appreciate it all. The calls, texts, meals, etc. are extremely valued. They couldn't do it without everyone's support. We will update as often as possible, but ask that everyone continue to PRAY for River Peeding and his family.
Here are the specific prayer requests from River's parents:
*that God will eradicate the Leukemia from his body
*that the side effects will be minimal
*that they will receive clearly defined results from the DNA and biopsy tests
*that River will stay free from infection
If you'd like more information about Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, you can visit the website below, but please only post positive, encouraging information on this Caring Bridge site. https://childrensoncologygroup.org/index.php/acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
Many of you have reached out for how you can help River and the Peedin family.
I will keep this updated but there is a GoFundMe account to help with their medical expenses as well as a Meal Train link to help provide food.
Meal Train: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/6gny2z