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Miracle Boy Beats Cancer and Survives Kidney Failure at Just 9-Years-Old

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A little boy from South Carolina has defied the odds against him. Cashlin has been given a new chance at life and his family couldn’t be happier.

The 9-year-old boy loves to play baseball and video games, but he wasn’t always able to do the things he loves without pain.

His mother, Yameika Stover, is sharing his story with the world.

At the young age of 2, Cashlin had a heart transplant because of a genetic disorder.

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Everything seemed fine for a while, but when Cashlin was 7, the family received even more bad news, according to WCNC-TV.

Diagnosed with a rare type of leukemia that affects heart transplant recipients, Cashlin would need treatment. The problem was that his heart couldn’t handle chemotherapy.



Through kidney failure and sickness, Cashlin kept fighting. It wasn’t until his oncologist — Dr. Javier Oesterheld at Levine Children’s Hospital — tried a new treatment that Cashlin’s chances of beating the disease grew.

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The drug is called brentuximab and Cashlin became the first patient at this particular hospital to receive it. Within days it was clear that the boy was improving.

“I think he’s a miracle,” Dr. Oesterheld told WCNC.

“He was the one that kept me going,” Stover said of her son.

When she watches him play baseball, she admits she is overcome with emotion each time.

“Despite all he’s gone through, Cashlin shines bright like a [baseball] diamond,” Levine Children’s wrote on Facebook.

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“He’s had a heart transplant, cancer and kidney failure, but he’s now back to playing his favorite sport.”

“Cashlin went through the worst of it — from diagnosis to complications — but he received all the care he needed in one place,” Cashlin’s cardiologist, Dr. Gonzalo Wallis, told Atrium Health.

“You’d never know he went through heart disease, a transplant or cancer,” Dr. Wallis added. “Cashlin is a champion.”

He certainly is at that! To go through so much at such a young age and still come out smiling? I’d say that’s proof miracles really do happen.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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Arizona
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English
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