CONOVER, NC (WBTV) - I never write about a child unless I have parental approval. Never.
So when a mother reached out to let me know a little boy in her son's kindergarten class at Lyle Creek Elementary PTO in Conover had just been diagnosed with leukemia, I waited until approval from that little boy's mom to share his story.
Lisa Stone just let me know she'd love to share her 5-year-old with us all. She also sent this adorable picture. His name is Aiden.
Lisa said it has been a roller coaster month.
It started when Aiden wasn't feeling well and got a nose bleed. When Lisa couldn't stop the bleeding, she called 911. Paramedics came. They couldn't stop it either so they took Aiden to the local hospital in Catawba County.
Tests were done. His red blood count came back low.
That led to discovering a problem with Aiden's bone marrow. He was then rushed to Brenner's Children's Hospital.
Doctors there confirmed he had leukemia. All in the same 24 hours.
On February 13, little Aiden went in for surgery and got his first chemo treatment. He had his second treatment on February 16.
Today, March 14, he is home from the hospital. Lisa says he has a long road of treatments ahead... at least six months of once-a-week chemo.
There is a Facebook group mom Lisa started called #AidensArmy. Find it here.
Friends – including parents of kids in Aiden's kindergarten class – are organizing a festival-like benefit for Saturday, April 23rd. It'll be at Lyle Creek Elementary from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. A car and motorcycle show, kids events, bounce house, silent auction, food…
100% of proceeds will go to Aiden's family for medical expenses.
"We want to help," said Shannon Pieper, the mom who originally reached out. "We want to reach out to help Aiden, but also to teach our children that when someone is in need, you help them."