In June of 2020, at just 11 months old, Wyatt Kenton Ewing began the fight of his life. What his parents initially thought was a bug bite was eventually diagnosed as a very rare form of cancer called Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. For the next 10 months, Wyatt fought fearlessly as he underwent treatment with chemotherapy and proton radiation. Wyatt and his parents spent the majority of that time in Baltimore at John’s Hopkins Children’s Center, while Wyatt’s older brother, Rhett (age 5) lived at home with his grandparents. The treatments were brutal and facing all of this amidst a global pandemic presented challenges that no one was prepared for. Despite all of this, Wyatt kept smiling, growing, and showing the world what it meant to be “strong like bull.” He completed treatment for his Rhabdomyosarcoma and was deemed to be in remission in June of 2021.
For the next 8 months, Wyatt and his parents got to move home and enjoy being back together as family again; however, Wyatt’s battles were not over. In February of 2022, Wyatt’s parents heard the words, “Your child has cancer…again.” The chemotherapy that was required to hopefully save Wyatt’s life the first time ultimately caused his body to develop a second cancer, Therapy-Induced Acute Myeloid Leukemia (t-AML). For the second time, this little Bull was forced to undergo torturous treatments in the hopes of saving his life. Wyatt’s parents again had to move to Baltimore. Again, they had to break their oldest son’s heart by telling him that they would be sending him to live with his grandparents because his little brother was sick. And again, they had to watch their youngest son suffer at no fault of his own.
In 2022, Wyatt underwent two, month-long cycles of chemotherapy to ensure his t-AML was in remission and prepare him to receive a stem cell transplant, which he successfully received on June 29th, 2022. Wyatt again fought endlessly without even knowing he was doing so. For 8 long months Wyatt and his parents were in Baltimore living at the Ronald McDonald House and spending most of their days at John’s Hopkins. In October of 2022, they were finally able to return to their home in Easton, MD where they have been living and trying to rebuild their family and the lives that they put on hold, while continuing to support and protect their son as his body recovers from all of his treatments and rebuilds his immune system.
Wyatt has faced many ups and downs since his transplant, including a relapse scare, liver function concerns, and re-learning to eat by mouth as he was tube fed for the majority of 2022. He also continues to be monitored closely for relapse of not only his Leukemia, but also the Rhabdomyosarcoma. Both cancers are rare, brutal, and come with unsettling relapse rates. The level of fear that his family faces each day is indescribable. Despite it all, Wyatt faces each day with a smile and fierce attitude! He plays hard, loves hard, and fights hard! As the meaning of his name implies, Wyatt is fierce in battle. He is truly “strong like bull” and with the prayers and support of his family, friends, and community, we know that his future is filled with Hope.