Silas is 4 years old and was diagnosed a type of liver cancer in February. He has had many rounds of chemotherapy and 60 percent of his liver removed. He was finished with chemo in August only to find out in September that new tumors had started to grow on his remaining liver. He is currently receiving chemotherapy to shrink them but will have to have a liver transplant to ensure the cancer is gone. To be 4 years old and to have gone through so much, Silas has not let cancer slow him down or change his fun-loving spirit. He has quite the imagination and is usually in character as a cowboy or pirate and can be seen flying up and down the hallways on a tricycle with his mother right behind him pushing his IV pole. He also collects bottle caps for the Ronald McDonald house and even gave his money from his piggy bank to the Children’s Hospital to help other kids fighting cancer.
Silas’s parents are humble Christians who look for ways to help others and never put themselves first. They take care of Silas and his 3 brothers and also care for Silas’ grandmother who had a stroke and can no longer live by herself. Their cozy house is filled with so much love and laughter even though the youngest member has had to face this giant battle.
When asked what they would like for Christmas, they said for Silas to be cured and for no child to ever have to suffer from this disease, but I know they could sure use some financial support as medical bills have been piling up and trips to and from the hospital can get very expensive as they live 90 minutes away. I know they would love some gift cards for gas and groceries and to help buy things for their family.
All of the boys like to play together so board games, Legos, outdoor sports equipment and video games would be nice for them to share. Silas’ parents could use a few nice things for themselves as well, maybe a gift card to a restaurant so they could have a dinner out by themselves.
When someone asked Silas’s mother what they could do to help their family, her response was “I can only tell you to do what the Lord leads you to do.” I pray that you will help be His hands and feet and provide for this wonderful family who would never ask for anything, but could use so much. Silas’ mother says, if nothing else, please pray for Silas. He can use all the prayer warriors he can get.”
Melissa Connor, RN
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