We very much appreciate your donation in honor of Peyton. Peyton's legacy continues to change lives with the donation of his tumors to Dr. Charles Keller at The Children's Cancer Therapy Development Institute. We are so grateful for the cutting edge work CC-TDI is doing for childhood cancer. With your help, CC-TDI is going to bring better treatments and hopefully cures to the world of childhood cancer.
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    Christy Jones

    $500.00 / 573 days ago

    In honor of Peyton's birthday on September 16th.

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    Nancy Mankin

    $50.00 / 695 days ago

    Just wanted to honor the life of a brave young man, Peyton Arens and praying that this donation can help in the research for a cure.

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    James Arens II

    $507.50 / 1193 days ago

    In memory of Peyton. May his legacy continue by finding a cure for childhood cancers. We love you Peyton! Love, Mom and Dad

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    Christy Jones

    $1,522.50 / 1209 days ago

    Hoping Peyton's cells will help other kids in their fight!

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    Kent Van Valkenburgh

    $5,075.00 / 1602 days ago

    With love, hope, and optimism, that Peyton's journey will help others, conquer and survive this dreadful disease. Gam and Papa.

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    Amy Carey

    $100.00 / 1652 days ago

    This is from Brooks Carey-- in honor of Peyton's 16th birthday.

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    Amy Carey

    $100.00 / 1652 days ago

    Godspeed Dr. Keller!

About Peyton

Peyton was a very intelligent, energetic, thirteen year old with a great sense of humor. His greatest passions were playing his electric guitars, making people laugh and hanging our with his friends. Peyton enjoyed learning about science and history while excelling in school. He loved watching Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Fallon, Top Gear, The Discovery Channel and HGTV. He loved eating Hibachi food, fruit and anything chocolate. He really enjoyed hanging out with our dogs, Beau and Tripp and his bunny, Maxie. 

On January 26, 2013 Peyton was diagnosed with Stage IV Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. Our lives turned upside down that day as Peyton began a fifteen month battle with cancer. He endured 54 weeks of chemotherapy, 25 proton radiation sessions to his spine, over 30 MRIs, CT scans and bone scans. Five radiation sessions to his brain, many bone marrow aspirations, brain surgery, and countless other medical procedures too numerous to list. Throughout his treatment, Peyton kept a positive attitude. Peyton loved having nerf gun wars with nurses and doctors. He enjoyed flying his remote controlled helicopters and driving his iPad robot throughout the halls of the hospital. He worked very hard on his schoolwork and maintain straight "A's" while going through treatment. He wanted to be able to jump right back in to school when his chemotherapy was finished. Peyton never asked "why me" during his treatment and always held out hope he would beat his cancer.

Although Peyton passed away on April 29th, 2014, he left a behind a legacy by donating his tumor cells to CC-TDI. Our hope and Peyton's hope, is that one day CC-TDI will find better treatments and a hopefully cure for childhood cancers. We hope that no child and family has to go through what many families like ours have endured. We are grateful to Dr. Keller and CC-TDI for all the work they are doing for childhood cancer. We are also incredibly grateful for your gracious donation to CC-TDI to help find a cure!

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