I strongly believe that we were put on this earth to help each other… especially in times of need. And for an amazing family in Utah, there time of need is now.
Meet the Steve and Savanna Tate and their cute family! They are an incredible family trying to juggle who like many of us, are just trying to juggle the craziness of life with kids. Their family includes a nine year old boy, seven year old girl, four year old boy and almost one year old triplets.
In December, one of the triplets, Hayes, started getting sick. He was throwing up, sleeping a lot, and wouldn’t really eat. Every time Steve and Savanna took him to the doctors, they told them he just had a virus… it was going around. After hearing this for five weeks, they knew it wasn’t right. They had five other kids at home and none of them were sick. If it was a virus, someone else would have caught it.
On January 7th, 2016, they decided that they needed to take him to Primary’s Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. They did a scan and found a mass in his brain.
The next day Hayes went in for surgery to have it removed. They were able to remove the tumor but it was large and malignant. The tumor was sent to pathology.
On January 19, 2016, pathology came back and Hayes was diagnosed with Choroid Plexus Carcinoma, an extremely rare form of cancer that affects 1 in 3 million people.
Hayes is currently undergoing an intensive six-month in-patient chemo treatment at Primary Children’s Hospital in Utah. Hayes is a tough kid and is a fighter!
His middle name is Kyle, after Chris Kyle from American Sniper. He has defied the odds from the beginning… when they first found out that they were expecting triplets they initially heard only two heartbeats. The ultrasound revealed three babies, but they couldn’t hear his heartbeat. The Doctor wasn’t very optimistic that he would develop giving him a 50/50 chance, but after only a week they went back and heard Hayes’ heartbeat. He was determined to come to their family and be a part of the happy chaos that is the Tate family!
On March 12, 2016, the triplets will be turning one. In honor of the triplets birthday party and to help support Hayes and this amazing family, a 5k run/walk and carnivalwill be held in Holladay, Utah. If you’re free, please come support this family. And if you can’t attend, you can still donate and help lift this family up in their time of need!
It takes a village… and we are all part of this world together!