Archive for Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Youth may get to come home

Devin Stuart, a second-grader at Tonganoxie Elementary School, recently was diagnosed with lymphoma. He has been in the pediatric intensive care unit at Children's Mercy in Kansas City, Mo. His mother, Tammy Lynn, said Tuesday, April 1, that it was hoped he would be back home in the coming days.

Devin Stuart, a second-grader at Tonganoxie Elementary School, recently was diagnosed with lymphoma. He has been in the pediatric intensive care unit at Children's Mercy in Kansas City, Mo. His mother, Tammy Lynn, said Tuesday, April 1, that it was hoped he would be back home in the coming days.

April 8, 2008

It appears as though cancer treatment for Tonganoxie 8-year-old Devin Stuart is working.

Stuart was recently diagnosed with a blastic Lymphoma.

Stuart's mother, Tammy Lynn, said Tuesday that Stuart may be able to go home today if doctors were able to treat his constipation that resulted from his treatment.

"The x-rays show progress," Lynn said. "We can now see his lungs and his heart. You can't really see that black mass that was in his chest."

Cancer cells were also found in five percent of his bone marrow, but Lynn said doctors would continue giving him the same treatment.

Stuart is now able to breathe more easily, which doctors hope will allow him to get some needed exercise to aid in his recovery.

In the meantime the community is getting together to help raise money for Stuart.

His second grade teacher, Natalie Freese, will be starting two week-long fundraisers at Tonganoxie Elementary School.

Denim for Devin will run from April 14 - 18. Faculty and staff will be able to donate money allowing them to wear jeans to work. During that week Freese will also have another fundraiser, Dimes and Dollars for Devin, that will ask parents of students or anybody in the community to donate their loose change.

On Saturday, April 19, Annie's Country Jubilee will be having a benefit concert for Stuart.

Annie Dunavin, the jubilee's owner, said that $2 from each ticket would go to Stuart's family.

"Things are looking good and there are so many people wanting help and I appreciate everything they are doing," Lynn said.

Comments

dagger707 6 years ago

My son, Wilson Bledsoe who is also a student at TES is a survivor of Neuroblastoma Cancer. We are praying for you and your family Devin and hoping you will be back to attending class real soon.

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JST375 6 years ago

I am Devin's Father. First off I'd like to thank everyone for their overwhelming support, thoughts and prayers. It really means alot to us that the community has come together in support of our Son. Several people from the community (some folks he didn't even know) made a point to stop in to visit him while they were in the area. He was especially happy when his teacher, Mrs. Freese came by and shared all the cards made by his classmates and others at the school.

Devin Is home now and although his spirits are down he is doing much better. He went back to Children's Mercy Hospital today for his first outpatient round of chemotherapy. He did very well. He's been through more in the last two weeks than most of us has been through in our entire lives and I truly admire his strength and ability to cope with this as well as he has. He really is a hero in my eyes!

I'd also like to respectfully point out that there are several mistakes in both articles, I won't get into all the details here other than to say that his diagnosis is actually stage 4 Lymphoblastic lymphoma. Here is a link to a site that describes his type of cancer in greater detail. http://www.cancerbackup.org.uk/Cancertype/Lymphomanon-Hodgkin/TypesofNHL/Lymphoblastic#3494

If anyone has any questions feel free to email me at jst3751@sbcglobal.net , and thank you all again for your overwhelming support

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