Molly's Kids: 18-year-old diagnosed with cancer for fifth time

STATESVILLE, NC (WBTV) - Editor's note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there – which is why it's written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story (and updates on all #MollysKids) here.
Dalton Edwards of Statesville. Diagnosed again. Unbelievable.

It's this almost 18-year-old's fifth – FIFTH – bout with cancer since September of 2013. He has been a part of #MollysKids since then.

His mom and I spoke earlier this week. "I knew the cancer was back," Geri Edwards said. "What I didn't know what where or how many tumors."

There are three spots. Two are cancerous tumors on/in the outside of Dalton's left lung. The third spot is either a tumor or a really swollen lymph node.

This time instead of surgery, Dalton is opting for a clinical trial.

"History shows the cancer cells will return even if they're cut out of Dalton," said Geri. "So the hope is that Dalton will get accepted into a trial out of
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. The trial has promising results (of the 40 patients in it, 3 were "cured"). We'll just be traveling a lot."

Dalton graduated from West Iredell High School in the spring… he is supposed to start his freshman year at Pfieffer University on Sunday.

He is sticking with that plan, heading to school later this week. He'll red shirt for soccer this year, continue with his physical therapy from his last cancer surgery in April and has hopes to take the field sophomore year.

Meantime, the clinical trial for Dalton should begin soon. If he gets in, he'll go to Atlanta for hour-long infusions once or twice a week for the first month, then once every two weeks.

"The whole thing is hard," said Geri. "For him, of course, but also for everyone. His older brother Dylan, his younger sister Dharma, his father and me..."

This picture is of Geri with her kids (Dalton is behind driver's seat).

"...But this is Dalton's quality of life at stake. It's his decision. We love him. We want to do what's best for him."

Dalton was first diagnosed in September of 2013. He relapsed in August of 2014, then again in January of 2015, then again in April of 2015 and then late last week, in July of 2015.

I hope you know how much love and support you have, Dalton. From people who know you and many who don't.

Hang in there. Keep your courage and positivity.

Past posts (you can see Dalton's personality in every photo):

September 2013

January 2015

May 6, 2015

June 13, 2015 (graduation)

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