Braylon Streetman, a 3 year old from West Monroe, La., is just like every other little boy, he loves playing outside, swinging, blowing bubbles and watching his favorite movie Toy Story! “He LOVES Buzz Lightyear,” says his mommy, Brittany. Things changed for Braylon around July 2014 when he suddenly became very ill.
3-year old Braylon
After spending nearly nine months in three different hospitals, he was transferred to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in April, 2015 for what they believed was an underlying genetic immune disease.
After only four weeks in Cincinnati, the tests came back and proved them to be correct; Braylon was diagnosed with Dyskeratosis Congenita or DKC1. “His diagnosis came as a shock,” says mom Brittany, “We weren’t prepared for it to be so severe.” The only treatment for his condition is a bone marrow transplant.
“Braylon misses playing with his friends in the nursery at Christ Church. We just want to get our son on the road to recovery soon, so we can bring him home and back to the people and things he loves,” says Brittany. “We can truly say that finding a donor will save his life.”
UPDATE: Braylon received a bone marrow transplant on October 22, 2015 and is doing well. You can follow his story on Facebook at “Keep Your Face to the Sunshine and You Cannot See the Shadow.”