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Molly's Kids: 9-month-old on way to chemo, meets Cam Newton


Kinda hard to recognize Cam Newton in this photo.

The young mom on the opposite side of the picture said her family ran into the Carolina Panthers superstar at Art's Barbecue & Deli on Morehead Street. They were stopping to get lunch before taking their 9-month-old, Jayden Rivera, to his latest chemo treatment at Levine Children's Hospital. 

Jayden had a Wilms Tumor removed November 2nd. His mom, Anna Bowen, has been emailing since then when - out of nowhere - she was told her baby had a huge mass on his right kidney that was pushing his organs around.

When Anna sent this latest picture with Cam late last week, I was in the process of writing about Jayden being the newest one of our awesome #MollysKids. The picture on the right of the collage is the original photo we were going to share. 

Anna says despite the surgery and intense treatments, Jayden is a happy baby.

"He is getting two different types of chemo right now," Anna said. "He takes it like a champ. 

We're going through 18 weeks of these treatments and I sometimes wonder if it isn't harder on me as his mom than it is on him."

She expanded on that thought in a later email.

"One of the types of chemo makes my son nauseous," she said. "The other makes him feel like his little hands and feet are asleep. It's the hardest thing in the world to witness and the hardest thing I've ever been through, yet he's the one who's going through it all."

The family lives in Stanley. They travel into Charlotte often.

Last week was the first time they ran into an NFL quarterback three blocks from the hospital.

"It was awesome to meet Cam!" Anna said. "He asked about Jayden and was surprised to hear we were on our way to chemo. Everyone says Cam cares about kids, I could tell he did. He really seemed interested in my son."

Very cool.


**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.**

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