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6-Year-Old Leukemia patient builds Lego sets to pass time in the hospital

Posted at 2:25 PM, Sep 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-28 08:21:34-04

Adyn Pickett, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, underwent 10 grueling months of chemotherapy. It tested his resolve and yearn for life.

Adyn didn't say much while he was overcoming his medical problems. Instead, he focused his attention on toys, becoming a master builder of Legos.

“I’ve gotta go all the way back cause I have to build two legs,” Adyn said, as he was crafting his creation, with the patience of a skilled architect.

Adyn, 6-years-old, builds dozens of them in a month. The pieces cover every inch of his room.

They call it the Lego museum.

Adyn has the patience and the time to devote to his hobby. Initially diagnosed in December 2016, he underwent the maintenance phase after his 10 months in chemotherapy.

The maintenance phase is a period following treatment for a specific condition where the patient will undergo occasional examinations. During the latter part of the maintenance phase, Leukemia cells were discovered in his body.

Adyn had relapsed.

“I would love to crawl underneath that table and just lose it and not do anything and just kick and scream," Erica Pickett said, his mother, "but this is a means to an end. We’re going to fight it."

The number of childhood cancer cases is rising and over 25 percent of all new childhood cancer cases are a diagnosis of leukemia, according to the National Cancer Institute.

The Picketts are fighting leukemia one Lego at a time -- “because it makes my heart happy,” Adyn said.

“This has really gotten him through some really really tough days,” Erica said, referring to her son's Lego hobby. “As a mom, it makes me proud that through all of this he has stayed as positive.”

Adyn still has a ways to go in his recovery process. When the family returned to the hospital four days after Adyn relapsed, the doctors discovered leukemia returning into his bone marrow. The bone marrow was the site where the cancer was originally found and that lead Adyn to those initial 10 grueling months of chemotherapy.

However, the family had a stroke of luck. Adyn’s sister, Abby, defied one in four odds. The doctors found out that she was a match for her brother, becoming a potential donor for Adyn's bone marrow transplant.

It’s a family fight to beat cancer. But an expensive one at that. They have set a GoFundMe to help with the expenses. As of publication, the family has raised $5,000 of their $10,000 goal.

Adyn is blessed to be a child, as he continues to focus on his Legos. The 6-year-old doesn't have to worry about medical bills, only his survival.

“I’m gonna kick cancer’s butt,” Adyn said.