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CCA helps young boy's family through chemo treatment

Posted: Updated: Feb 13, 2013 05:58 PM
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A bump on the back of little Wyatt Eilers' head led to a discovery his parents never could have imagined.

Wyatt was just 9 months old when he went in for surgery to remove the lump.

"The surgeon came out and said everything went great, I'm going to hand you off to the oncology department," said Wyatt's father, Jeff Eilers. "And in the back of my head I was thinking oncology, why do I know that, and it all came rushing in that that was the cancer department."

Doctors told the Eilers that to kill the cancer, the boy needed treatment for a full year.

The family put on their "battle faces" and established a routine to make sure their boy got better

"So he became a Thursday chemo kid," said Wyatt's mother Tiffanie Eilers. "Every week Thursday was, that's what we were doing. You're going in to get a blood draw, chemo injection and hope for good news on blood counts … and it was just a process you go through."

The treatment started to take its toll. The boy had sunken eyes and lost his hair. His dad said one of the hardest parts was getting out the clippers and shaving his son's head.

The Eilers did everything they could for Wyatt, but they needed help. That's when volunteers from the Children's Cancer Association stepped in.

"These people came to us and said we have a really big organization, a really big group and got awesome things that we can provide to you if you want them and if you don't we'll back off and it's no big thing. It's your choice," Tiffanie Eilers said.

The CCA provided a much-needed break for the family and some great musical entertainment for Wyatt.

His parents said his huge smile playing with musical instruments helps all of them forget about the long and uncomfortable days of treatment.

Wyatt, now 2 years old, graduated from his treatment late last year, but he will still be closely monitored.

If he ever needs to go back to the hospital, his family knows the kind of support that will be waiting for him from the CCA.

"Without CCA there is no way we'd have been able to handle all the emotional stress that comes along with something like this as a parent," Tiffanie Eilers said.

To make a donation, visit https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/ChildrensCancerAssociation/Radiothon.html.

For more information, visit http://joyrx.org/press/valentines-day-for-cca.html.

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