They are the words no parent wants to hear, “your child has cancer”. But one year ago that was the news for Adam and Mindy Yates when the Fayetteville family learned four year old Hayden had acute lymphoblastic lukemia.
Now 12 months into their journey with Arkansas Children’s Hospital, their shock has been replaced with awe for the care and counsel they’ve received.
In March, 2015 Hayden was complaining that his legs hurt. His Mom says he woke up screaming doubled over in pain and wouldn’t walk. A visit to the emergency room for blood work would change their lives. An hour after leaving the E.R. the doctor called telling the family that Hayden had cancer.
That phone call began Hayden’s intricate treatment at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. “They are like the best care givers to your kids and then they are counselors to parents, I mean it’s just amazing.” said Mindy, Hayden’s Mom.
Hayden is now in remission, however he has about two years of therapy remaining as doctors work to treat his blood and keep the cancer from recurring.