Brayden Kier, who goes by Brady, was born on December 20, 2012. This was the day he decided to grace us 6 weeks early with his beautiful presence and we were absolutely head over hills in love with our sweet boy. Brady became quite the character, he had the best one liner comebacks, loved sporting his cowboy boots on the wrong feet, loved dancing and his sisters! We got 2 beautiful years of "normalcy" and then the night of his 2nd birthday he started having intense leg pain, by the next day he could no longer walk, he hurt to even pick him up, his fever was 103 and we knew something was very wrong.
On December 24, 2014 our sweet Brady was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukemia(AML) subtype m7. To hear a doctor tell you "your child has leukemia" will stop your heart. Brady's diagnosis was as unique as he was since the type of AML he had usually affects children with Down Syndrome and Brady did not have Down Syndrome, which made it harder to treat. I remember thinking during some of his testing wishing somehow he had Down Syndrome and we did not know about it because the prognosis would be better! Brady danced and fought hard to live, and for 3.5yrs despite being in a hospital constantly for 18 mo he lived life to the fullest. He played hard, he smiled big and danced out the door to say "hellllooooo Wadies" every morning to his nurses and taught his daddy and I more than we could have ever taught him. He taught us how to be BradyStrong!
Then on June 10, 2016 our baby took his last breath here on earth and as devastating as loosing Brady continues to be we promised him that we would continue to fight for him and all the children whose parents get told "your child has cancer".
We are here to help as many families as we can to be BradyStrong and be able to smile during a time that will make you wonder if you will ever smile again.