Baylen’s journey with cancer started with migraines at the age of 13. When the migraines became unbearable, he was sent for an MRI. This revealed a tumour the size of a ping pong ball in the dead center of his brain. Baylen was given a 20 per cent chance of survival. What followed was an intense year of invasive cancer treatments—three brain surgeries, 31 radiation sessions, four months of chemotherapy, a stem cell rescue, and a ton of medical procedures. Constantly in and out of ICU with no visitors, Baylen compares this time to “COVID-19 on steroids.”
Baylen has embraced Kids Cancer Care programs, participating in PEER exercise, tutoring, camp and our Teen Leadership Program. As a teen leader, Baylen is actively giving back and is currently working towards a Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Proud to represent Kids Cancer Care as the 2021 spokeskid, Baylen says, “Kids Cancer Care was a gigantic part of my healing and recovery. Before cancer, I was reserved and timid, but now look at me! Look at what I have been through and what I know I can do. Kids Cancer Care is helping to shape the person I am today."