In the midst of Easter weekend in 2022, Nash's parents, Kendyll and Preston, noticed a lump on his stomach. At the recommendation of his pediatrician, they took Nash to Phoenix Children’s—and that’s when their world turned upside down. Nash, then just 21 months old, was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a form of liver cancer.

The response from Nash's dedicated care team at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders was immediate and comprehensive. They placed a port on Nash while he was under anesthesia, laying the groundwork for the arduous battle that lay ahead.

Immediately, Nash embarked on an intensive journey of inpatient chemotherapy, enduring six grueling cycles. Amidst the rollercoaster of hope and setbacks, two transplant offers were received but ultimately fell through. However, in a heartening turn of events, a new liver was successfully transplanted to Nash in November. He triumphantly rang the bell at Phoenix Children's in January 2023, symbolizing the completion of his treatment and his hard-fought victory over cancer.

Since his diagnosis and the commencement of his treatment, Nash has made remarkable progress with the unwavering support of his loved ones and exceptional care he received at Phoenix Children's.

Despite the battles that lie ahead, Nash's family remains filled with hope. Kendyll says, “The PCH team is the most brilliant, patient, respectful, and selfless team of people I’ve ever met. We’ve always had amazing experiences there—even on the toughest of days. Many people have been a part of this victory.”

Kendyll and Nash snuggle and pose for a photo in Phoenix Children's lobby at the Thomas campus
Kendyll and Nash
Nash smiles at the camera as he gives his mom an embrace

Nash has over 600 Beads of Courage, and here are some of his numbers: 

  • 186 shots given at home 
  • 130+ days inpatient at PCH in 2022 
  • 95+ days of inpatient isolation 
  • 50+ pokes to access his port 
  • 43 days of chemotherapy 
  • 35 clinic visits 
  • 30+ NG “tubie” replacements 
  • 29 scans 
  • 10 blood transfusions 
  • 9 platelet transfusions 
  • 4 blood drives 
  • 2 surgeries 
  • 1 liver transplant 
  • 1 trip to CHLA and Angel Flight West 
  • Countless meds and hours of music therapy, animal-assisted therapy, physical therapy, anesthesia and Disney movies 

Nash's Interests

Cruising around in his mini Jeep

Giving hugs

Spending time with his brother

The outdoors

Wrestling

 

Step Up. Stop Cancer.

So much progress has been made in the fight against childhood cancer, but there’s still so much work to be done—and we can’t do it alone. Give today to help kids like Nash take a step toward a healthy future.

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