Organization working to get Mass. boy with cancer to Disney World

A nonprofit helps a Massachusetts boy with cancer fulfill his dream of going to Disney. Kaden Hersum, a 6-year-old from Chestnut Hill, endures the fight of his life. “It’s every parent’s worst nightmare,” said Alisha Jacobs, Kaden’s mother. “We’ve seen him so sick that sometimes we thought we were going to lose him.” At the beginning of this year, Kaden was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. He had a headache and swelling under his eye, so his parents took him to the emergency room. They knew something was wrong, but they never expected to hear the word cancer. “We called his pediatrician and she said, ‘If you want, you can take him to the emergency room,'” Jacobs said. “So we’ve been thinking about it and we’re like, ‘Let’s just finish this. We’ll be back at 10pm. We never left.” Kaden spent five months at Boston Children’s Hospital, undergoing two rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant in April. The One Campaign at a Time organization is raising money in hopes of sending Kaden to Disney World in Florida. when this is safe.” Disney World is our end goal for us. So if we make it, it means Kaden may start living a normal life,” Jacobs said. Kaden’s parents say they are grateful to everyone who has donated so far and shared their story. “The realization that they are building around childhood cancer really makes sense, not just for us, but for all the families going through something like this,” says Aaron Hersum, Kaden’s father. Those wishing to realize Kaden’s dream journey can click this link to the One Campaign at a Time “Team Kaden” webpage. Donations can also be made through Venmo to the account @campaignoaat with a note that reads “Kaden”.

A nonprofit helps a Massachusetts boy with cancer fulfill his dream of going to Disney.

Kaden Hersum, a 6-year-old from Chestnut Hill, endures the fight of his life.

“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare,” said Alisha Jacobs, Kaden’s mother. “We’ve seen him so sick that sometimes we thought we were going to lose him.”

Earlier this year, Kaden was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. He had a headache and swelling under his eye, so his parents took him to the emergency room. They knew something was wrong, but they never expected to hear the word cancer.

“We called his pediatrician and she said, ‘If you want, you can take him to the emergency room,'” Jacobs said. “So we’ve been thinking about it and we’re like, ‘Let’s just finish this. We’ll be back at 10 p.m.’. We never left.”

Kaden spent five months at Boston Children’s Hospital, undergoing two rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant in April.

The One Campaign at a Time organization is raising money in the hopes of sending Kaden to Disney World in Florida when it is safe to do so.

“Disney World is our ultimate goal for us. So if we make it, it means Kaden might start living a normal life,” Jacobs said.

Kaden’s parents say they are grateful to everyone who has donated and shared their story so far.

“The realization that they are building around childhood cancer really makes sense, not just for us, but for all the families who are going through something like this,” said Kaden’s father, Aaron Hersum.

Those wishing to realize Kaden’s dream journey can click this link to the One Campaign at a Time “Team Kaden” webpage. Donations can also be made through Venmo to the account @campaignoaat with a note that reads “Kaden”.

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