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Beaudin is an avid speed-cuber who can solve a Rubik’s cube without a problem. He loves baseball and spending time with his dog Hatchet.
In 2018, Beaudin was 6 years old fighting what seemed like a bad cold. Weeks of fevers and medical tests left his family with growing concern – after all, he had always been such a healthy kid. Because most his tests came back normal, it wasn’t until 2019 that Beaudin received an official diagnosis: acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
The next 20 months revolved around Beaudin’s treatment. His treatment regimen was straightforward, and he was fortunate enough not to have any prolonged hospital stays, adverse reactions or secondary conditions. As he moved towards the maintenance stage in 2020, the end of treatment seemed near with just five more months to go, until a routine lumbar puncture revealed abnormal white blood cells in his spinal fluid.
Thankfully, Beaudin’s mom came across a clinical trial at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The only problem – they would have to travel to Pennsylvania regularly from their home in Denver, Colorado. “We didn’t know how we would cover all the costs, but when you are making these decisions – the life and death of your child – finances fall very low on the list,” she says. Fortunately, a social worker referred them to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), and Beaudin was able to enroll in the clinical trial.
With the help of the ALSF Travel For Care program, the cost of airfare for Beaudin’s family was covered so he could continue receiving the treatment he needed. “We are so thankful for the Travel For Care program for allowing our family the possibility of pursuing a relapse treatment option for Beaudin that we believe will be his forever cure. Having to make care choices for your child under the worry of financial pressure is something that no family should have to do.”
Today, Beaudin is more than two years cancer-free and living his best life!
Updated February 2023
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