In 2019, the Graham Family received the incredibly heartbreaking and devastating news that every parent fears; their sweet, fun-loving, adventurous, four-year-old son Tristen was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at Valley Children’s Hospital in Fresno. Tristen’s leukemia went into remission in December of 2021.
On Monday, April 3, 2023, the Grahams received more devastating news… Tristen’s cancer had come back, and he was immediately admitted back into Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera.
Tristen will be at Valley Children’s in Madera receiving treatment at Valley Children’s in Madera for the next 6 weeks and then transferred to Stanford to receive a bone marrow transplant. With such a recent diagnosis, this is all that we know at this time for his plan for treatment; we will update you with new information as that information comes in.
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a cancer that affects the white blood cells. These cells fight infection and help protect the body against disease. Patients with ALL have too many immature white blood cells in their bone marrow. These cells crowd out normal white blood cells. Without enough normal white blood cells, the body has a harder time fighting infections.
ALL affects a type of white blood cell called lymphocytes, causing them to build up in the liver, spleen, and lymph nodes.
As you know medical expenses and the day-to-day expenses that come with having a child in the hospital for any amount of time can be very overwhelming. Tiffanie will likely be taking some time off of work for the foreseeable future to care for Tristen during this time. Losing an income on top of all of the new bills and travel to a new location (San Francisco), and expenses will undoubtedly be very challenging, which is why this GoFundMe was created. It is our goal that we can ease this burden in any way, when you are helping your child fight their battle against cancer the last thing they should have to worry about is finances.
Any donation or support is so greatly appreciated and will go directly to The Grahams to help them during this time. Nobody we know is tougher than Tristen. #TOUGHLIKETRISTEN
Ways to Give
Go Fund Me – Tough Like Tristen
VenMo – @toughliketristen — with Jeff Graham and Rhonda Koop-Graham.