Preston was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia on January 14th, 2010 at the age of 2. After 2 relapses, a bone marrow transplant, and 498 days inpatient between Texas Children's Hospital and Duke Children's Hospital, Preston passed away on May 19th, 2012.
Preston is incredible. He had such an amazing personality. He was funny, loving, a jokster, and so smart. He loved watching Justice League, that is why Preston's League is so fitting. He would stay up all night long watching episode after episode, always saying "just one more show" even at 3 in the morning. He loved playing with trains, trucks (especially Hess Trucks), Magna Tiles, Batman and the rest of his superhero toys, and he loved to paint. He loved the color green (just like the color of his eyes). He loved being able to come home. When you spend 498 days inpatient over the course of 2 years, being home is a vacation. He loved playing outside and taking walks or riding on his scooter. He loved Tim Tebow and watching football with his Dad. But what he loved the most was playing with his sisters, Abigail and Stephanie. The happiest parts of his days were when his sisters were visiting.
Courageous isn't the best word we could use to describe Preston. I don't even know if there is an all encompassing word for him. He went through so much in such a short time, more more than any one should ever have to go through, especially a child.
Preston was such a perfect child. He made this experience easier to deal with. We look back and don't know how he did it with practically no complaints. What we do know is that we learned to value family, value spending time together, and to value each other. Preston made us a better family and left us with the want to be better people, and through Preston's League, we hope we can give extra time to patients and their families that they need and deserve. So many times a day Preston would express how much he loved us by saying "I love you, you're the best". He truly is the best and we hope we can spread that love and feeling of being the best to all the patients and families we will get to help.
Preston has 3 sisters. Abigail (12), Stephanie (8), and Emily (5). Preston never met Emily but we are so blessed that he named her. Knowing we wanted more children, Preston picked out names for both a boy and a girl. Emily Belle, named after his 2 favorite Thomas the Trains, looks so much like Preston. We are so thankful for our family and for all the time we had with Preston. The Fantastic 4!
Preston we miss you so much. We Love you Preston, you're the best!