In August of 2007, Jayden was diagnosed with Ependymoma, which is a malignant type of brain cancer. Three days after his diagnosis, he suffered through a sixteen hour surgery to remove the tumor, leaving him with unexpected intracranial swelling, fluid build-up and severe nerve strain from the removal of his breathing tube. The nerve strain he endured disrupted a number of Jayden’s functions including swallowing, breathing and talking. He can hear out of only one ear and must receive nourishment via feeding tube. Jayden has also undergone numerous radiation treatments and must take various medications daily.
With his love of Disney, it came as no surprise that Jayden’s number one wish was to visit Walt Disney World. While he was there, he had a wonderful time meeting all of his favorite characters in person. Though he found it odd that some talked and some didn’t, Jayden enjoyed meeting them all.