Anthony HettlerAnthony was first diagnosed with ALL leukemia on May 9, 2014 at just four and a half years old. On March 16, 2014 he was pushed into a toy box by his cousin. We were very angry that night when Anthony had difficulty walking and had a huge lump in his groin. The hospital told us it was a hematoma. After 2 hospital trips Anthony was feeling better! On April 20, (Easter morning) Anthony began to complain of leg pain again and the lump had changed from a circle to an oval. After an ultrasound was done at the hospital, we were scheduled to see his pediatrician on May 6, 2014. Anthony was then pale in color, did not want to eat for about a week, slept basically all day long and started running a fever. The doctor ordered us to take him for blood work and a few days later we were told that we had to take him to Lehigh Valley Muhlenberg Hospital to see Dr. Monteleone for further blood work because his results came back abnormal and it could possibly be Leukemia. Those are hard words to hear while at work! On May 9, 2014 we headed down to the clinic, not knowing what we were going to hear. Our hearts and minds were heavy and we just kept positive for our little guy, until the doctor came back into the room to give us the news we did not want to hear - “Your child has leukemia, a blood cancer”. We were heart broken and just wanted to wake up from the nightmare but unfortunately we couldn’t and we took one day at a time. That day Anthony had a bone marrow check to confirm, a spinal tap done and his first round of chemo started. Things got a little easier because we have a strong little warrior fighting! On June 6, 2014 we got amazing news that Anthony was in remission! We are now thankful for his cousin pushing him because now Anthony is at low risk due to us catching it early.
Anthony is a kind, loving and strong little boy! He loves sports, monster jam and wrestling with his daddy. He also has a softer side when playing with his two sisters, Arihanna who is 4 and Aniyah who is 2, and baby brother who is 3 months old! He is an overall amazing little guy fighting a big battle and for that he truly is our HERO!!