Benefit for Aden Stephens in Santa Claus Feb. 16

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SANTA CLAUS – Aden has been battling cancer since he was about 1 1/2 years old ... it is now back again with a vengeance.

A benefit will be held for him Saturday, Feb. 16, upstairs at the Santa Claus Legion in Santa Claus. All events will begin at 1 p.m. and go until 9 p.m. 

A Facebook page, www.facebook.com/groups/962298730643106/, has been created to keep friends and family up to date. 

Aden’s family explained, “Aden has been battling Stage 4, high-risk, relapsed, Neuroblastoma for over four years now. The first year, he received chemotherapy, radiation, a stem cell transplant, immunotherapy, and also had his adrenal gland removed. He was then in remission for over a year. In August of 2017 the doctors at Riley Children’s Hospital found a brain tumor that had already spread throughout his entire body.

He then received a craniotomy to remove the tumor. He was then referred to Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City where he has been receiving a trial drug called humanized 3f8 treatment, another type of immunotherapy. There had been no sign of disease since June of 2017 but he is still receiving treatment. Today we got the results back of his most recent scans and in the past two months his cancer went from being almost in remission to back worse than before. This is going to require even more trips to New York and longer stays, where his father and I will need to be off work. He will need many different treatments with no end in sight. We appreciate all of the prayers and anyone who has the means to help with our upcoming obstacles.”

Aden is the son of Lydia (Gentry) Stephens and Aaron Stephens. The day will include chicken dinners, provided through a collaboration of The Chateau and the Santa Claus Legion, as well as a bake sale, which will both be sold from 1 p.m. until the food is sold out.

Live music will begin at 1:30, and there will be a cover charge of $10 per person, with those 12 and under free. Music will include Debbie Schuetter, Ryan Pfeifer, Evie Mae and Dirty Trixx.

For more information or to make a donation, contact event organizer Emily (Troesch) George at (812) 802-7499.