FULTON, Texas – Almost three years ago, Cayson Rodriguez, then six, was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia, a condition that requires frequent treatments and the occasional hospitalization.
His long medical ordeal has not been easy.
“It’s no fun when people experience that,” Cayson said. “And it’s not fair because I was in a doctor’s office for about a month.”
Friday marks three years since Cayson was diagnosed with cancer, a day his grandmother called “really scary” for her and the rest of the family.
Shortly after that day, Cayson’s mother conceived “Cayson Strong,” a movement to support her son and raise awareness of leukemia.
First, the youth soccer team Cayson’s older brother Cayden plays for puts the slogan on their helmets.
It wasn’t long before Aransas County’s independent school district began its campaign, culminating in Tuesday’s Cayson Strong Day.
Students, teachers and staff at ACISD schools were encouraged to wear orange – the color that represents leukemia awareness.
“When I started looking at all the pictures of the different campuses of our school (district) with teachers and students and the bus driver, our kitchen staff, the caretakers who were all wearing orange to support him, I was blown away,” said the grandmother of Cayson. said Connie Teal.
Shelly Rogers is one of the teachers who wore orange on Cayson Strong Day.
At the beginning of the school year, she became Cayson’s math and science teacher at the Fulton Learning Center, and she is impressed with what she sees in him.
“As sweet and kind as he is, you wouldn’t know what he’s been through,” she said.
School life hasn’t been perfect for Cayson since his diagnosis.
There were times when fellow students made fun of him for being bald — his hair had fallen out because of his cancer treatments.
Currently, Cayson’s golden locks are over his shoulders, but they will soon meet the scissors for a good cause.
“I grow it back to donate it to kids who need it,” he said. “Because they need her more than I do.”
Through the organization Locks of Love, the family has arranged for Cayson’s donated hair to be made into wigs for other children being treated for cancer.
Cayson’s final treatments are scheduled for February.
After that, regular checks will take place.
But if cancer goes undetected for five years, Teal says doctors consider him cured.
“You just have to keep praying and keep him healthy to make sure he doesn’t have a recurrence,” she said.