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Beydn Swink

  • Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

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Beydn was the kid who flopped around on roller skates, wrestled with his brothers, and loved root beer floats. He loved Star Wars, dinosaurs, and riding his bike with his mom. He read constantly and it was hard to get him to put a book down. Beydn was a fan of the Braves, Panthers and Ohio State football. He loved visiting North Carolina and playing in the water. As the oldest kid in a military family, he lived a lot of places and hoped to travel to Greece, Hawaii, and the jungles of Chile.
  
Beydn, who was always active and healthy, suddenly went through a period where he didn’t want to get out of bed or eat. On November 3, 2013 his family found out why when Beydn was diagnosed with t-cell acute lymphocyctic leukemia (ALL).  He went into remission and had clear scans, but the chemotherapy used to treat his cancer lowered Beydn’s immune response. He got two invasive fungal infections his body couldn’t fight off, and tragically, on February 22, 2014, just four months shy after his diagnosis, Beydn passed away. He was only 10 years old.
    
Beydn’s parents have started a foundation, the For Beydn Foundation (forbeydn.org), to raise awareness about childhood leukemia and complications from treatment and to raise money for research to find a cure. Beydn’s family is thankful for ALSF and all the organizations and foundations that are helping to find better treatments for little bodies, in the hope that one day there will be cures for childhood cancer.
    
 Quote: “Even if you never got a chance to meet him, you just know he would have been the coolest little kid you would have ever known."
 
Information provided by Deirdra York
Family Friend September 2014

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