Meet Kaden Peebles

Filling out her 2016-2017 calendar and taking online college courses from Texas A & M University Texarkana from her hospital room at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 18-year-old Kaden Peebles is making bright plans for her future while she’s receiving chemotherapy.

Diagnosed in 2015, with Ewing Sarcoma, a bone cancer, Kaden understands the affects and inner strength it takes to battle cancer. This is her second battle with the disease but this time with Secondary Acute Myeloid Leukemia, caused by chemotherapy from her first fight with cancer. This time she’ll need a blood transfusion to make a full recovery.

However, cancer is not slowing Kaden down.

“All the little kids that are doing the same thing I am, fighting cancer,” explains Kayden. “They are smaller and still smiling and playing. Cancer is not interrupting their childhood. If they could fight cancer, then so can I.”

Despite being confined to her hospital room for a month at a time, following each treatment, Kaden is not letting the walls of the hospital confine her voice. With a robust social media following, Kaden is spreading the word about pediatric cancer and the need for bone marrow donors.

Kaden received a bone marrow match in the spring of 2017 and is cancer free.

“Get tested, swab your cheek and be a lifesaver,” says Kaden. “I don’t know my donor, but she’s an amazing person. She gave me a second chance at life, I wouldn’t be with here without her.” Kaden considers February 23, 2017 as her second birthday.

While Kaden my not be able to serve as an ACH Ambassador in a tradition capacity for the next few months, she’s taking to the internet to share her story. Making special appearances via social media and spreading the word about Arkansas Children’s and the need to support pediatric cancer and blood disorders.

As for her future plans, Kaden is going to college to be a child life specialist and wants to someday return to ACH as a member of the team.

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