The town of Arvada, Colorado, came together to celebrate Halloween early for a 5-year-old autistic boy with terminal cancer.
Jaxon Baumgard had been battling Ewing sarcoma, an extremely rare form of bone cancer, for three years. “You would have never known he had cancer until the last week,” his mom, Amber, said. And when Jaxon’s family learned his recent bone marrow transplant and surgery didn’t work, the family was heartbroken. Doctors warned the family that Jaxon would most likely succumb to the horrible disease before the holiday.
However, when Lon Davis, owner of Walkin’ & Rollin’ Costumes, heard about Jaxon’s battle, he and his son decided to do anything they could to make sure Jaxon could celebrate Halloween one last time.
“We build costumes for kids in walkers and wheelchairs free of charge to the families,” Lon said. “When Jaxon’s mother signed up for a request, one of the things she said was that Jaxon is on hospice. And this was going to be his last Halloween. And so we knew we were going to build the costume no matter what.”
And build it they did! Lon and his 13-year-old son finished a custom Toy Story horse wheelchair costume for Jaxon in less than a week. Jaxon dressed up as Woody from the iconic children’s movie and rolled down the street with his family, friends, and community members by his side, also in costume.
Over 15 local businesses gave out candy, treats, and, most importantly, smiles to the little boy and his family. Iggy Michniacki of Project-Nerd, who organized the event, said, “He has a little sister, and (I hope) that she can build some good memories with him before he passes. She can re-visit it and remember her brother and remember a little bit more about those times that she had with him.”
Sadly, Jaxon died just one day after he celebrated Halloween with his family and the entire community of Arvada. You can donate to his GoFundMe page to help the family with funeral costs and to raise money for pediatric cancer research.
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