Brayden was a healthy, active 5-year old who enjoyed playing sports and spending time with his family. All of that changed in April 2015 after some abnormal swelling in his face led to a visit to his local pediatric emergency hospital. Within hours, doctors had diagnosed him with Leukemia and transferred Brayden to Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.
During his first 3 days at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer, Brayden underwent several procedures including port placement and started receiving platelet transfusions and chemotherapy. Since his treatment started, he has overcome many obstacles such as a fungal infection, wearing leg braces, worsening vision and hyperpigmentation on his skin. He takes medications daily, has weekly visits to the oncology clinic and monthly laser treatments.
Thanks to funds raised through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Orlando Health Arnold Palmer has the latest equipment for Brayden’s physical and occupational therapy sessions, and he can even receive music therapy during clinic visits. Today, Brayden is strong enough to play baseball and basketball and though he has a long road ahead, he is winning the battle.