Young Jaxson Scrivens was welcomed into the world by his loving parents, Emily and Owen, five weeks ahead of schedule in what appeared to be good health.
However, this sadly wasn’t the case.
One day, when at home with Jaxson, doting dad Owen decided to take a picture of him with the flash on.
But upon looking back at the picture, Owen noticed that one of Jaxson’s retinas were red, while the other showed a white reflection.
After some googling, Owen and Emily decided to take the 14-month-old to a doctor, then an opthalmologist, then another two consultants to have his eye assessed.
And, as it turns out, following a retinal scan, it was discovered that Jaxson has a type of cancer called retinoblastoma.
“Retinoblastoma is a childhood cancer arising from an over growth of retinal cells in one or both eyes and can strike from the time a child is in the womb up to five years of age (rarely later),” the description of Jaxson’s condition reads on his GoFundMe page.
“This cancer is treatable if caught early.”
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And this is why the youngster started chemotherapy to try to save his eye--and his life--right away.
"I looked through some old photos, and you actually can see the point where it changes in late November," Owen tells Metro.co.uk.
“There’d been nothing else wrong, although after we noticed the eye color he started to develop a bit of a squint.”
“After the chemo, he’s very sick for a couple of days, he’s just not his usual self and doesn’t want to do anything, but after a few days he gets back to his usual happy self.”
‘His sight is alright--they can’t do a proper eye test but from what they’ve found, he’s missing a bit of tunnel vision.”
“It’s going insanely well and we’re so proud of him.”
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The young British couple are currently raising funds to help ease the financial strains of treating their little boy’s illness, as well as to raise awareness about the disease itself.
“Some children at the hospital had both their eyes removed, which is horrible, and we want people to catch it early,” Owen explains.
“What’s really shocked us from talking to people is them saying ‘my niece or nephew had a white glow in their eye but we didn’t think anything of it.’”
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If you would like to learn more about retinoblastoma, visit Australian Government Cancer Australia’s Children’s Cancer website for more information.
This post was written by Ellie Mcdonald. For more, check out our sister site Now To Love.
Holly Christensen, of Palmer, AK, is a former oncology nurse and a mom of three. Her talent for wig-making has turned a kind gesture for a family friend into a nationwide volunteer effort that brings joy into the lives of young cancer patients everywhere.