SENECA FALLS — Jayden Noone hardly ever got sick growing up. An ear infection is all his stepfather remembers.
But the 13-year-old Seneca Falls teen is now fighting Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma.
His family and the community are rallying to support him in his battle, according to stepfather Sean Laquidari.
“An ear infection is the only thing I remember him getting growing up until this,” Laquidari said. “But this is pretty devastating.”
Diagnosed in July, Jayden just finished his first round of chemotherapy at the Golisano Children’s Center at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
His grandmother, a registered nurse, took Jayden swimming one day and noticed an unusual lump under his arm. He went to the family physician, who diagnosed enlarged lymph nodes and determined that further tests were needed.
Unfortunately, those additional tests revealed Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes. Laquidari said it has spread to his hip and spine.
The future holds six more sessions of chemotherapy every 21 days, plus future radiation treatment.
Jayden’s mother, Michele, is married to Laquidari. Jayden’s father, Bob Noone, also lives in Seneca Falls with his wife.
“The whole thing is shocking it came so fast,” Laquidari said, adding that “we’re heartened by the amazing support from the community.”
The Police Department and Lt. Tim Snyder have made bracelets for “Team Jayden.”
The JV lacrosse team at Mynderse Academy has made him an honorary team member, noting his hope of playing on that team in the spring of 2017.
The Mynderse Academy Middle School faculty will pitch in with a fundraiser of some kind every Friday once school starts.
And a ziti dinner fundraiser has been organized for Aug. 21 and will feature dinner, live music and raffles to raise money to help pay the family’s expenses of going back and forth to Rochester.
Jayden will be in eighth grade but will be tutored at home for the first semester while he undergoes treatments. In addition to playing lacrosse, he likes to hunt, Laquidari said.