After 2-year-old Mason started shaking uncontrollably at his daycare on October 17, 2013, he was immediately brought to the pediatrician.
There, doctors found that Mason’s blood counts were very low and he was sent to the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital where they biopsied his bone marrow and found that Mason had b-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a type that starts from white blood cells in the bone marrow, the soft inner part of bones.
He then began months of chemotherapy, spinal chemotherapy infusions and lumbar punctures, all of which Mason’s good friend and stuffed owl “O” was perched closely by his side.
Today, “O” continues to watch over Mason as he takes 17 pills on certain days and sleeps in a makeshift bed near Mason’s bed as this 4-year-old endures “maintenance mode” of his treatment protocol.
His mom created a color coded calendar for medication identifying what time of day, with or without food and what can be mixed with the medication. He will finish treatment in December 2016.
Mason’s parents describe him as having a beautiful smile and an infectious laugh. He currently lives in St. Paul with his mom, dad, twin brother and 7-year-old sister.