Mar 23, 2011 8:33 PM by Andy Koen

Fighting childhood cancer

It's hard to keep Colton Taylor on camera. It's even harder to imagine that he's a cancer survivor.

"He's a typical 2 and half year old, he runs he plays he jumps," says Jennifer Taylor, Colton's mom.

She says when Colton was about one he kept running a fever. After several trips to the doctor they had some blood samples drawn. What the doctors found made them want to order a CT scan and that's when they found the tumors on his liver and lungs. Jennifer says she was in disbelief.

"It just didn't register cause, you know, I'm a paramedic so I understand medical talk and they're talking to me and telling me this stuff and it just wasn't registering that it was cancer," she said. "Cancer? He has cancer?"

In June, doctors removed the tumor from Colton's liver. He's been receiving steady rounds of chemotherapy to target the tumors in his lungs ever since. Jennifer says the tumors have shrunk and she is hopeful that they may be near the end of the chemo.

This weekend they will join hundreds of people in our community at the Saint Baldrick's Day head shaving event which raises money for childhood cancer research. Jennifer hopes people who participate will find encouragement in her story that local children are fighting and beating cancer and that more research is needed.

"Where it's coming from; how it happens, why does it happen so that we can hopefully prevent it."

Elope, Inc. the wholesale novelty hat company organizes the community's largest St. Baldrick's Day event. Carolye Asfahl says they joined the cause early on and over the course of a decade have raised more than a $1 million.

"This is just an awesome community that supports Saint Baldrick's Foundation and we love giving the community the opportunity to give that support."

The head shaving begins at 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning at Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache La Poudre on the Colorado College campus. "Shavees" can still sign up and contribute on the day of the event, but Asfahl says to expect a long wait because hundreds have already registered.


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