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MADDUX HESOCK passed away at 3:21 am,

 Saturday, May 28, 2016

Godspeed, warrior!

Meet Maddux Hescock…

Maddux has been sent home to spend his final days surrounded by his favorite things, mommy and daddy! There are no more treatment options for his type of cancer relapse, please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Before October 24 2013, Maddux was a healthy 6 year old boy who had never been hospitalized or had any serious illness. That all changed in an instant when Maddux was diagnosed with Stage IV Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. A month prior to diagnosis, Maddux developed a persistent cough that just kept getting worse. It was first thought that he might have allergies or asthma because of his family history. But on a follow up visit on October 24th, his pediatrician heard something in Maddux’s breathing that alarmed her. He was immediately sent to for an X-Ray and then admitted to Bronson Children’s Hospital for a CT Scan. In the very early hours of the morning on Friday October 25, 2013, Maddux’s parents were told that their precious son had cancer. He had several tumors and one was so large that it was starting to restrict his airways. He was in critical condition and was taken to the ICU. Friday afternoon he was taken into surgery to have a biopsy done and have a port implanted. Because of the location and amount of the tumors, they couldn’t be removed surgically. An aggressive chemotherapy was started just a day later. He spent over 100 days of his life in 2014 in and out of the hospital and many more days in the clinic. At first he responded well to treatments, however in November 2014 it was discovered that Maddux’s cancer had spread to his brain, which is extremely rare. He continues to battle against cancer with regular chemotherapy treatments. Maddux is proof of how important ongoing research for Childhood Cancer is. The survival rates for Rhabdomyosarcoma have been low because it’s a less common cancer. There is no known cure for metastatic Rhabdomyosarcoma in the brain. Because of organizations like CureSearch and Children’s Oncology Group, the survival rates for Rhabdomyosarcoma continue to increase for children like Maddux.