St. Jude Children's Research Hospital helps metro boy battle cancer
EDMOND, Okla. (KOKH) —
As we kick off this year’s St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway FOX 25 is telling the stories of local kids who’ve been treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Cancer came quickly for Carson Dimsdale. One day he was fine, but then he got tired, his legs started to hurt and his parents took him to the pediatrician.
“They did blood work and got a call that night and said ‘you need to get to children's hospital within the hour. Your child has leukemia’,” said Carson’s mom Kori.
It was December 2016 when Carson was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, which is rare type of cancer for children to get.
“His particular type of cancer usually hits 80-year-old men,” said Kori. "There's 500 kids in the world each year that get it."
Treating Carson in Oklahoma wasn’t working and he was transferred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis for a stem cell transplant, one of two he’d need. You may think a hospital with sick children would be a sad place, but Carson doesn’t see it that way.
“They give you a place to stay, all the great care, and they even know the perfect treatments,” Carson said.
The staff at St. Jude has made special accommodations for Carson, even allowing his family to bring his two dogs Boomer and Bella to visit him in the hospital.
“Around here, (the staff) makes everything fun,” Carson said.
Carson celebrated his ninth birthday in June at home in Edmond, but his battle with cancer is not over.
“He's always happy... so strong,” said Kori about her son. “We can't look too far ahead. We have to do the best we can each day."
The 2018 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway is now live. You can buy your tickets and learn more about the home here.