4-year-old Finley is a strong little boy who embodies resilience and determination. He loves playing with his twin sister, Emerson, his three dogs and three cats.
In the lead-up to Christmas, Finley started complaining that it hurt when he put his shoes on. Despite the discomfort, he continued to walk, play, and jump on the trampoline.
However, on Christmas day the pain intensified and he refused to put weight on his foot. His parents knew something was wrong, and they took him to the pediatrician the next day.
Initially, the family was told it was likely pain following a virus or related to a recent ear infection. His parents were told to just give Finley painkillers and let him rest, but to return if the symptoms persisted.
Unfortunately, the pain only became worse for little Finley and he visited the pediatrician for a second time only days later. This time, more X-rays and bloodwork were conducted. In a sudden turn of events, the pediatrician said Finley needed to see a 'blood doctor' due to concerning findings from his labs.
Within hours, Finley was admitted to St. Vincent's PICU, and he received the life-changing diagnosis of B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The very next morning, Finley began his journey of extensive testing and intense chemotherapy treatments.
Since being diagnosed, Finley has endured lumbar punctures, spinal taps, chemotherapy and surgery to insert a port under his skin.
"Finley has been so accepting of everything. He is so good about taking his medicine and has accepted this new life with grace," his mom, Becky, told us.
He's currently in the delayed intensification phase of treatment, where the chemotherapy is more aggressive to reduce the risk of relapse. This means Finley is on more steroids, his blood counts have dropped and he isn't feeling like himself. But this brave boy has been handling everything so well and has shown an amazing amount of strength.
"Since Finley’s diagnosis, we have been overwhelmed by the amount of love & support our friends, family, and community have given our family as Finley maneuvers through his recovery," Becky said.
"Having the support of the Great Cycle Challenge in partnership with Children’s Cancer Research Fund is yet another incredible example of the positivity that remains in this world!"
Finley, you are one strong little man. We will be keeping you in our thoughts and hearts when we ride this September.