Wyatt Update #4 – October 27
Wyatt’s family had a great birthday party on October 27 to celebrate him
turning 4 years old on October 29! There were lots of family and friends
there, great food and cake (thanks to everyone for their help!) and some
awesome birthday gifts for Wyatt (as well as some great little-brother gifts
Wyatt had spent most of the week leading up to his party in the hospital
again. He developed another bladder infection, and had some problems
with his chemo port site. So they cultured his urine, which took a few days
to grow out, and had to sedate him in order to insert a new line for delivery
of his morphine and the new antibiotics for infection. He also received
another chemo treatment. Luckily, they were able to discharge him on
Friday, and we were all very happy that he felt up to attending his birthday
party on Saturday. He seemed to enjoy it quite a bit, though you could tell
he certainly wasn’t feeling like his old self. He had to wear a mask during
the entire event to protect him from germs, since his immune system is so
compromised. But boy, what a trooper he is - he never complained about
Wyatt is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday, October 29 (his actual
birthday), to assess his current condition in regards to spread of the
disease. We are all hoping for good news! Then, he is scheduled to have
surgery on Friday, Nov. 2 to have his bladder and prostate removed. It will
be a lengthy surgery, estimated by his urologist to last appx. 8 hours.
Let's keep positive thoughts flowing Wyatt's way - we will post updates as
we get them!
Wyatt's family thanks everyone for all of the support!
Update #3 - Wyatt Update - 10/12/12
Wyatt has been admitted to Detroit Children’s Hospital for his next round of
chemotherapy treatment. He will receive chemotherapy everyday for 5 days, go home for 2 days, and then be re-admitted for another round of 5 day treatment. The plan right now is that he’ll then have an MRI to see if any tumor shrinkage has occurred, and to access whether there has been any spread of the tumor through the bladder wall, sphincter muscle or any other organs. He is scheduled for surgery to remove the bladder and prostate (and possibly the sphincter muscle) on November 2. Amount of spread of the disease will determine whether the doctors will plan on using radiation as part of his treatment. That will consist of either traditional radiation (beam) or the implantation of radiation seeds.
Wyatt is now back on antibiotics again ... The same IV one he was on at home at least for another 24 hours till we find out which one will treat this new infection. Urology should see him in the morning to talk about what the options are for dealing with his catheter.
Wyatt and his mom, Ashley, would like to send a HUGE thank you to everyone, for your thoughts, prayers, and donations. They are so grateful to know that so many people care and are offering so many types of assistance to their family!
Update #2 - Wyatt Update - 10/5/12
He is now into his third week of Chemo. He is still doing well with the Chemo part that is. The cathiter part we are still having issues with. His hair is falling out in clumps now and just any time he moves it comes out. The plan was to shave his head yesterday but he was in severe pain and well, will shave it over the weekend...when Ryder comes home so I can shave both their heads!! His Pah came to spend time with him and that really lifts his spirits. He was even excited about riding in Pahs truck :) After irrigating the cath last night he has been much better today, its actually draining and he's eating, drinking and playing. Next Wednesday will be the day I learn what the plan will be with surgery and radiation. He has received many cards, gifts and other things and we will be working on thank you cards during this upcoming week long hospital stay.
Update #1: Wyatt Update - 10/3/12
He is still pretty angry about all thats going on. He's just not a happy camper. We are home though. We got to leave around 9 last night. The infection he has can't be cured by oral antibiotics so he came home with his port accessed and the visiting nurse should be here soon with the equipment and meds. The news that I have to share next was hard to take in...they did another ultrasound on his bladder and since the tumor has taken over all the way up to the kidney tubes now ( and a good chance into the muscle wall ) Wyatt will have to hold off on radiation and will be having his bladder and prostate removed completely. It's a very serious surgery, will take 6+ hours and then he will have a urostomy bag for 3 years while they clear the rest of the cancer. They will then make him a new bladder and hope everything works the way it should. If not, he will have a cath the rest of his life...we will know more next Wednesday.
Hello, and thank you for taking the time to come to my cause. My name is Justin Anzalone and I am raising money on behalf of my four year old second cousin, Wyatt, who was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma on September 6th, 2012 while in the hospital for a routine bladder operation. His mother, my cousin Ashley, is a divorced mother of two.
We are attempting to raise $1000 to help cover the cost of travel and childcare for my cousin Ashley. Each trip to the hospital for chemotherapy is a 4 hour round trip.
Wyatt’s little brother, Ryder, is currently staying with his great-grandmother
and grandfather at their home in Charlevoix, since there is no one able to
care for him nearby for days and nights at a time.
Wyatt’s and Ryder’s grandmother is dealing with her own medical issue,
which is preventing her from being with Ashley and the boy’s (as well as
Any and all funds that we raise will be going directly to my cousin Ashley to assist her financially (e.g. hospital bills and travel expenses)
I recognize that without your contributions, providing the assistance that my family so desparately needs would be impossible, so we would like to recognize your contribution with perks! They include:
Level I - A personal thank you card from Wyatt.
Level II - The perks listed under Level I as well as a Team Wyatt T-shirt, to be debuted shortly.
If you are unable to contribute financially, we encourage you to cross-post this across various social media platforms. We want to raise awareness of childhood cancer and its devastating effect on families. There are share tools on this site that are conveniently placed for quick and easy distribution.