It started with a cold.
Dylan Lindsey, who was in kindergarten at the time, had sniffles and other symptoms of a cold that wouldn’t wane despite repeated trips to the pediatrician.
“He wasn’t eating, and his teacher sent notes home that he was sleeping in class, which was not normal for Dylan,” said his mother, Katrice Eason.
There were other medical symptoms identified, including persistent cough and swelling in his throat. Suspecting something else was amiss, the pediatrician ordered blood work for Dylan, who was 5 at the time. In March 2019, Dylan was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He immediately started treatment at Broward Health Medical Center.
“Dylan received chemotherapy that was given in phases to help ensure that he would get in remission,” said Hector Rodriguez-Cortes, M.D., a pediatric hematology-oncology physician with the Broward Health Physician Group.
During the chemotherapy phase, Dylan received treatments three to four times a week. During those long treatments, Dylan spent time with his nurses and the Child Life team reading and playing. “They made it more than just a job,” she said. “They made it home.”
After nearly three years of treatment, it was determined that Dylan was cancer-free. His last treatment was on June 10, 2022. The next day, he celebrated another milestone: turning 9.
“We are in the process of following Dylan closely to make sure he remains in remission,” Dr. Rodriguez-Cortes said. “He is very sweet and active, and the whole team feels privileged to have cared for him.”