A Cameron family’s infant son was diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia on Jan. 19. The five-month-old had increased spit-up, trouble with intake, and was not gaining weight, so they went to their pediatrician.
“They did blood work in the office, called EMS, and he went to Moore Regional Hospital. From there, he went by air to UNC’s cancer center,” father Garrett Edmisten said.
Emmette Edmisten has been in the hospital for a month. He is not undergoing radiation but is receiving liquid chemo through a broviac central line in the chest.
Garrett said his son will have bone marrow work on Feb. 22 to check the results of treatment.
Garrett works at Sandhills Bowling Center but has not been at work since his son was admitted.
Angela Edmisten, Emmette’s mother, works at Sandhills Computers in Seven Lakes but has not worked since her son’s admittance.
The couple has “a ton of family in Moore County,” and Garrett said he grew up in Southern Pines.
“Family and the billiard’s community in Fayetteville have been real supportive,” Garrett said.
The couple made 200 T-shirts and sold out the first weekend.
Family cares for the household.
“I want to raise awareness and make sure babies get check-ups,” Garrett said.
To contribute to growing medical costs, use their Go Fund Me page.
Feature photo: Angela Edmisten (left), Emmette Edmisten and Garrett Edmisten. Courtesy photo.
~Written by Sandhills Sentinel Journalist Stephanie M. Sellers. Contact her at [email protected]