Wow! Tucker Beau just finished his first week of 3rd grade. As we look back where he came from and where he is now, the only word is WOW! Being diagnosed so young, at the age of two, with Systemic Juvenile Arthritis (SJA), Tucker Beau only remembers being sick and hurting. When my husband and I heard about Celltex Therapeutics and what the possibilities held for Tucker Beau, we said, “Why not?” Tucker Beau had his first transfusion of stem cells at the age of six as he was about to enter the first grade. As the first set of stem cells went into his body, he turned to us and said, “Mama, it feels like rain is going through me.” What is so wonderful about Tucker Beau is his positive attitude. Since our first therapy, he has been so positive about getting better and stronger. He always reminds me that he needs to feed his stem cells and take care of them! This past spring, Tucker Beau was able to join the Pearland Railcat Lacrosse team. (Something that we were not sure he would be able to do pre-stem cells.) He played his heart out at every game. Playing lacrosse and being able to be a little boy has thrilled both his heart and ours. Starting a new school year is always scary and hard because of the unknown. Tucker Beau was so excited to
go back to school. He wanted to see his friends, play at recess, eat lunch and just be a normal kid. Todd and I are truly blessed and grateful to have Tucker Beau and are so amazed at how far he has come over the past few years. Next week, as we head back to Cancun for more stem-cell therapy, I am reminded of where we started and how far we have come. Tucker Beau is growing into a handsome, smart, kind and caring boy. These past couple of years have been life changing and truly memorable.
In the words of Tucker Beau, “Do you have your Celltex bank account?
Todd and Linsey Hyatt