Catching Up With Chad Jones
Article by Elisabeth McFarland
Chad Jones is only 14 years old, and he has already faced and defeated a major life challenge – cancer.
You might have seen Chad’s story in our V Foundation 2014 Annual Video. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma in 2012.
“We had taken Chad in to the emergency room because he had an excessive amount of pain,” explained Chad’s mother Rashaunda Jones. “Chad had cancer cells on his skull, arms and legs.”
Chad participated in a clinical trial at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for treatment. After a stem cell transplant and 26 days in the hospital, he was eventually deemed cancer-free.
Today, Chad is enjoying just being a teenager. He will be a freshman in high school this fall, as well as a member of the school’s football team.
“I’m really excited to play high school football,” he said. “I’ve been waiting to do this since I was a little kid.”
Chad keeps in touch with those who took care of him at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He travels there every three months for check-ups, all of which have gone well. Overall, life after cancer for Chad has meant finally being able to see the end of the tunnel.
“It’s when things go back to normal,” he said. “You are enjoying the rest of your life and wanting to accomplish more.”
Chad’s main goal is to become a quarterback in the NFL, hopefully for the Seattle Seahawks. Thanks to advancements in cancer research, he has been given the chance to turn that dream into a reality. Chad is appreciative of those who support pediatric cancer research, but he realizes much more needs to be done.
“Nobody likes to deal with cancer; nobody should go through that,” he said. “I had it bad; but there are a lot of little kids dealing with cancer every day. I just want a better cure to be found – a quicker resolution.”
His advice for children undergoing cancer treatments: “Keep a smile on your face, and stay positive, no matter what.”
The V Foundation has awarded more than $15 million in pediatric research grants. More research means more lives saved, like Chad’s, and more dreams fulfilled.
We look forward to seeing you in the NFL, Chad!