Grayson (2012)

Update: April 2014

Hello Kenna's Kids!!

Grayson is doing so great!! He is still I'm treatment, with about 11 months to go until the finish line. What that entails for him is chemo pills at home every night before bed; a monthly visit to the clinic for chemo through his port, an antibiotic breathing treatment, and an infusion that keeps his infection fighting cells at a decent level; and a spinal tap with chemo every third month. It's still a lot, but we'll take it over where he was two years ago.

Other than being a survivor every day, Gray is doing so well in school..making 100's on spelling and math tests and is an excellent reader! We had worried about possible neurological side effects from some of the stronger chemistry he was on in early treatment, so we are blessed that there were none. He played flag football this past fall and is currently playing spring baseball. He's the cutest little player I've ever seen, if I do say so myself.

Our family has some exciting news...we just bought a house and are moving in this first weekend in April so our transition is complete and utter chaos, but we would have it any other way. We are so thankful to be basking in this beautiful moment in our lives and forever grateful that Kenna's Kids has forever touched our hearts! Hope to see you all in June at the Kenna Cup!

Love,

Grayson Hughes and family.

Update: April 2013

Hello Kenna's Kids!!

It's hard to believe that this time last year, he was in the biggest fight for his life. He was in the hospital almost weekly because he was either sick or to receive chemo. He was also doing physical therapy to teach his fatigued and worn down body how to run and walk again. Now, he's much like any other little boy who runs, plays with friends, argues with his siblings, and causes a little trouble :) And we embrace all of that with open arms. Looking at him today, you probably wouldn't know that he had cancer just one year ago.

Grayson is still currently undergoing daily chemo treatment and will continue for about two more years. He takes a chemo pill every night and also goes into his cancer clinic once a month for a spinal tap and chemo injection through his port. This is known as maintenance chemotherapy, which prevents the cancer from returning and serves to reprogram his body to make only healthy blood cells. He will continue this treatment until February 2015. It's a long road, but one that we are willing to travel so that he has a chance at a normal healthy life.

We feel so blessed to have been a part of such a wonderful organization like Kenna's Kids and want to thank every one for their support. Lots of love and many blessing to you all!!

Love,

The Hughes Family.

Grayson's Story...

In September of 2011, Grayson Hughes was diagnosed with Acute Lympholblastic Leukemia. Before his diagnosis, Grayson was an energetic, fun, loving, football playing, break dancing little kindergartener. His new norm consists of several visits a week to the cancer clinic to endure high dose chemotherapy and other risky procedures.

He has had several hospital stays, two surgeries, countless spinal taps and bone marrow aspirations, and has been so courageous throughout it all.

He still has a long road ahead, but will continue to be the brave little fighter that he is.