Ayden's Story
It is every parent’s worst nightmare. In April 2010,  Ayden Jolicoeur spent several days enjoying a vacation with his family.  Soon after he returned home, Ayden suddenly became ill, which ultimately led to his admission to the Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville.  On May 3, 2010, Ayden underwent a seven-hour surgery to remove a tumor growing in his spinal cord.  Doctors were only able to remove 30% of the tumor.  Ayden has since been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer called Glioblastoma (High Grade).  Doctors recommended that Ayden receive a costly form of treatment known as proton therapy as well as chemotherapy. 

After the spinal surgery, Ayden lost sensation in his right leg.  Ayden received regular physical therapy in attempt to restore mobility in his legs.  

Since 2010, Ayden has received rigorous chemotherapy treatments and has continued to have routine check-ups with his doctors in Jacksonville.  For a short period, Ayden was no longer required to receive chemotherapy, since Ayden seemed to be getting better.

In March 2013, the Jolicoeur family received the heartbreaking news that a new spot/tumor was discovered in Ayden's spine.  He is now required to receive extensive chemotherapy treatments again.  

Ayden’s family needs your help. Ayden’s medical treatment and travel expenses has been very costly. Your donations can help ease the pain of a family who has already suffered a significant amount of emotional distress.  

The Jolicoeur family extends their thanks to all of you for your continued prayers and support during this difficult time.

Ayden Updates:
  • April traction update April 22nd    As you all know it has been expected that Ayden would be spending most of his Summer at Wolfson Children's Hospital Ayden will be receiving back traction and spinal fusion with rod placement this summer. We just received confirmation on the dates of proceedures. June 1 we report for pre-op and Endocrine..June 2 follow up with Neuro..June 3..Oncology..June 4th Wolfsons..June 5th surgery to attatch Halo ..Traction for 4-5 weeks , July 7th surgery to remove Halo and proceed with Spinal surgery . Orthopedic surgeon and Neuro surgeon will work side by side during this surgery as because of Aydens Tumor in his spine they must pay special attention to his neurological functions ...
    Posted May 13, 2015, 11:11 AM by Strong
  • Untitled Post April 18thI'm happy to report after a stressful two day wait , Aydens scans are normal and Thyroid levels back to normal . Ayden will still remain on the synthroid and follow up in 3 months for another MRI . We are still waiting for the surgery scheduler to contact us to schedule traction. Thank you all for your prayers , well wishes & concern ! We are always amazed and blessed by all of Aydens supporters !
    Posted May 13, 2015, 11:10 AM by Strong
  • April 2015 update April 14thWe are here in Jacksonville for Aydens MRI Tomorrow! Thank you all for your continued support !April 16thOn our way home. Ayden battled with some anxiety yesterday during the MRI. It was longer than expected as the doctors needed the whole spine scanned. Ayden was getting quite anxious, but as always he pulled thru it! Today we had labs to check his Thyroid levels. Now we wait for MRI results. The hardest part!Thank you Homewood Suites/Hilton for always making us feel at home and giving Ayden that extra special attention !! He loves his Hilton Family !
    Posted May 13, 2015, 11:09 AM by Strong
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