December 10, 2013 | by Dominique Grignetti
Five years ago this month, Jaylon Fong was diagnosed with leukemia. He underwent chemotherapy and a rigorous treatment plan before going into remission. But that proved to be only his first battle with the disease. He was rediagnosed in 2012 and suffered a central nervous system relapse. Today, he is a two-time cancer survivor – at age 13.
Jaylon’s courage and perseverance, especially at such a young age, have been inspiring. He has endured procedures, infusions and countless hospital stays for almost half of his childhood. He even managed to play baseball during treatment; a feat some would think is impossible. But not even cancer could take away his favorite sport.
He recently described a Little League District 19 championship win to Sports Illustrated Kids saying: “All I was thinking was to get the next batter out and move on …” This calm focus is not only his approach on the pitching mound, but also to fighting cancer.
Now on the path to recovery, Jaylon is charging ahead. In August, the Little League World Series awarded him with a national honor, the 2013 Good Sport Award. He’s even featured in the December issue of Sports Illustrated Kids as a “Sportskid of the Year” honoree.
Off the field, Jaylon has even more to celebrate. Because he’s graduated to what’s known as a “maintenance” treatment plan, Jaylon has no more overnight hospital stays in his future. For Jaylon, that means he can focus solely on what he truly loves to do: playing baseball.