A toddler born in Langley and weighing 580 grams is back in hospital, this time with liver cancer.
Daxton was born at 23 weeks, which is defined as micro premature, and has already faced various health issues. He is no stranger to health care facilities, but this time he is fighting for his life.
Now his parents, Melanie Arsenault and Jared Skocylas, are with him at BC Children’s Hospital as he receives treatment for liver cancer. The diagnosis came Monday after several days of tests and procedures. On Tuesday, the boy who turned two in April was admitted to hospital and put under anesthesia for a biopsy, CT scan and central line insertion.
“Daxton is the strongest little boy I know. He is our miracle baby and nothing will stop this little boy of ours….he is a warrior,” Arsenault said in a Facebook update.
Friends set up a GoFundMe with a goal of $10,000 to help the family. Arsenault and Skocylas have taken time off to be with Daxton who is starting chemotherapy.
According to Brandon Donnelly, who created the crowdsourcing campaign, Daxton’s tumor is too large to remove without treatment.
The campaign launched on Wednesday raised $655 on Thursday morning. Donnelly, who goes by @switchoffatwork on TikTok, challenged his followers, fellow TikTokkers and viewers to help the family.
“This family is in dire need of help,” Donnelly said.
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