In November 2014, Brock, was diagnosed with strep throat. His condition worsened over the holidays, and just before surgery to remove his adenoids in February 2015, Brock awoke with purple dots spread over his legs and torso. His physician diagnosed it as petechiae – small dots due to bleeding – and ordered blood work. Within hours, Brock’s mom, Lynn received a call from the doctor, who suspected the boy had T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia and needed to see a cancer specialist immediately. Two days later Brock was officially diagnosed with leukemia and started chemotherapy the next day – less than five years after Lynne’s husband and the children’s father, Bart, died from unrelated colon cancer.
Today, Brock is nearly 2 years into a three-and-a-half year course of chemotherapy. He has responded well to his treatments and is now undergoing maintenance chemotherapy, the aim of which is to retool his body so it doesn’t start producing cancer cells again. All of this has Lynn confident “we’re moving in the right direction.”