Winston-Salem family bringing awareness to childhood cancer

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Aidan Maynard is a pretty typical 3rd grader. But in June 2011, when Aidan was 5 years old, doctors diagnosed him with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and life suddenly changed.

“It’s a slap in the face,” said Aidan’s dad Joey Maynard. “When you hear cancer the first thought is: how long do we have?”

For the next three years, Joey and his wife Erin were in and out of the hospital with Aidan while he underwent bloodwork and chemotherapy. The couple worked tirelessly to keep their family of five close, while living apart for days on end.

“A lot of times we look at a disease like cancer as the end and it’s really not,” Joey said. “It can really be the beginning of a fight, family, friendship.”

In the United States this year, the American Cancer Society predicts more than 10,000 children under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Joey wrote Aidan’s Year to document the family’s fight through childhood cancer.

“There are so many people out there that are being diagnosed today that have no idea what`s in store for them,” Joey said of his book. “If they can take one little snippet out of what we’ve done… and if it helps them in anyway, the book is totally worth it.”

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