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Community rallies to help young boy beat illness

By John Craven, Reporter, JCraven@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 27 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 29 2013 05:14:34 AM CDT

Team Jaxon

ALLENTOWN -

There are baseball teams and football teams.  And then, there is Team Jaxson. It's a team trying to save a little boy's life in Lehigh County.

Jaxson Sandt has a smile that will light up a room.

"Full of energy, really funny kid, sweet," said his father, Randy.

"Loves to tell us stories," added Christina Young of Y2Kids child care in Slatington, where Jaxson goes to pre-school.  "Big fan of Spiderman."

Little Jaxson Sandt is just four years old, and already fighting for his life.

"Jaxson was diagnosed March 1, 2013, with Burkitt's Lymphoma," said his mother, Erika.  "Basically, he was a brain tumor."

The tumor is inoperable.  Less than two months into his illness, Jaxson is already a veteran of chemo.

"He's been through three rounds so far and had several more to go," said Erika.

His father said Jaxson is a fighter.

"He takes it like a trouper," said Randy.  "He stays in good spirits most of the time."

Things have been harder for Jaxson's parents, who are now adjusting to what they call the "new normal."  It's an expensive new reality.

"There's a lot of financial stress that comes along with long-term illness, and we wanted to help this family alleviate some of that stress," said Young.

So Y2Kids and Erika's co-workers formed "Team Jaxson."

"We're just praying that he gets better and comes back to school," said Annette Haas with Y2Kids.

Team Jaxson held its first fundraiser Saturday at the Friedens Fire Company.

"There's food for sale.  There's baked goods for sale.  There's Team Jaxson bracelets for sale today," said Young.

Jaxson couldn't make his own party; he's in the hospital.

"I can never say thanks enough to everybody," said Randy.  "I can't think of the words to put out there for everybody."

Everybody rooting for the kid with that golden smile.

If you'd like to donate to Jaxson's cause, contact Y2Kids child care in Slatington at 610-760-1182.