Lenzie and Cory Davis of San Antonio fell in love with their son from the moment they heard his heartbeat.
Jaxon was 5 when he died after an almost two-year fight with brain cancer, specifically a supratentorial primitive neuroectodermal tumor. In addition to treatments received elsewhere, Jaxon underwent six weeks of brain and spine proton radiation therapy at MD Anderson.
“The whole time Jaxon was sick, his focus was always on the other kids,” says Lenzie. Jaxon filled welcome bags with toys and blankets for children arriving at the Proton Therapy Center and distributed various items to bring smiles to the other children. In his final months, he evolved his efforts to reach out to children in hospice care. Today, his family continues to run these programs through the Jaxon’s F.R.O.G. (Fully Rely On God) Foundation.
The foundation raises funds to aid in childhood cancer research and to provide support for pediatric patients. It recently contributed $14,754 to the NOAH Protocol at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. The amount represents each of the 14,754 U.S. children diagnosed with cancer the same year as Jaxon.
“Jaxon’s motto was ‘don’t give up, give out’,” says Lenzie. “I think we all have the ability to give. There’s no minimum or maximum age to kindness. We want to encourage others to impact lives, just as much as Jaxon did.”
NK cells on the hunt
The NOAH Protocol aims to reduce and eliminate several types of pediatric brain cancer by using "natural killer" (NK) cells found within white blood cells. The NK cells are trained to hunt for brain tumors, then inserted directly into the diseased area through a surgical procedure developed by David Sandberg, M.D., associate professor, Department of Neurosurgery, co-director of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Program at MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital.