Community rallies to help Spokane Valley 14-year-old battling stage 4 cancer

Community rallies to help Spokane Valley 14-year-old battling stage 4 cancer
Mindy Rowe
14-year-old Braden Haskell is battling stage four colon and liver cancer. 

The Spokane Valley community is rallying together to support a 14-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with stage four colon cancer.

Braden Haskell was diagnosed with cancer on March 5. His cancer started in his colon, but has since moved to his liver. His doctors said they have never seen cancer like this in a boy so young.

Since his diagnosis, the Haskell family has started to make aggressive steps toward getting Braden cancer-free. With a team of doctors in Spokane and Seattle, they have come up with a treatment plan that includes multiple rounds of chemotherapy.

The Haskell family has also formed another team, with members of their church and community.

On Friday, Shotzy’s Coffee on Pines is holding a fundraiser called “Braden Strong Day.” The coffee shop will donate 100 percent of proceeds made between 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. to Braden’s medical costs. Bracelets and cookies with Haskell’s logo on them will also be for sale.

“They are an amzing family and nobody, especially a child, should have to struggle with such a horrible disease. And they have enough to worry about, being with their son and finding the very best medical care that he needs,” said Mindy Rowe, friend of the Haskells and owner of Shotzy’s.

If you are unable to make it out to Shotzy’s, more coffee stands are planning to host similar fundraisers in the coming weeks.

Stay update on Braden’s journey and learn more on how to help here.

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