By Art Harris, The Bald Truth, (c)artharris.com, all rights reserved
At four, his son, Ayden, is a tough cookie, fighting bad guys like his Dad, FDLE special agent Jason Jolicoeur, a fearless gang buster praised for tackling the violent Crips and Bloods in Flagler County, Florida, and mopping up their mean streets.
Only in Ayden’s case, the bad guy is cancer, a rare and aggressive childhood type called Glioblastoma that made him sick while on family vacation in April. In May, he was diagnosed with the rapidly spreading disease; doctors removed a tumor and urged a pricey treatment called proton therapy and chemo.
“As a Dad, I’ve got to wake up every day and know that beast is in his back,” agent Jolicoeur told First Coast News, a father who watches his son smile every day, then excuses himself to go into the bathroom to “cry my head off.”
As a key player in what has become, in effect, a joint local and state Haleigh Cummings task force, Jolicoeur (a French name softened to sound like Jal-iker) has kept relentless pressure on Misty Croslin and family as part of a strategy law enforcement hopes will make someone crack and cough up who killed the missing five year oldâ€”with evidence to prove it.
But the only way he can hope to make his son’s cancer crack is to raise funds to cover the astronomically expensive proton therapy detailed at www.cure4ayden.com. How bizarre that a state police agent who has devoted his career to helping other people’s children can’t just snap his fingers and cure his own.
That’s why friends from St. John’s County and beyond have sponsored spaghetti dinners, golf outings, fun-runs and a more to contribute thousands of dollars to fund a cure for Ayden.
According to his website, after the spinal surgery, Ayden lost sensation in his right leg, and now requires regular physical therapy to restore mobility in his leg. Ayden has been undergoing physical therapy to get strong enough to handle powerful –and pricey–cancer treatments.
The Ayden website says any donation, no matter how small, will help the family with the climbing costs of Ayden’s medical treatment and travel expenses, and turn heartache into hope. The Jolicoeur family extends their thanks to all for continued prayers and support during this difficult time.
Help Find A Cure For Ayden (and other kids): www.cure4ayden.com