When little Ayden Brown was diagnosed with cancer, his mom did everything she could to help her son.
Lindsey Licari earned the support of thousands while her son battled with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. Ayden was diagnosed with the disease which affects muscle tissue, when he was just 13 months old.
But sadly, Lindsey has shared a heartbreaking update, announcing her brave little boy has died at the age of three.
Ayden’s mom launched an online campaign to help pay for her son’s treatment and cover other medical expenses.
Lindsey constantly updated well -wishers with her son’s progress.
Her latest campaign, which began in February this year, raised $264,245 in eight months.
Ayden is the nephew of Taylor’s backup dancer Kim Toshi Davidson.
The generous singer donated $50,000 via a Go Fund Me campaign launched by Lindsey, after hearing about Ayden’s illness through his uncle.
‘Baby Ayden, I’m lucky enough to perform with your uncle Toshi on tour. All of us are praying for you and your mama and sending so much love your way.’
‘Love, Taylor,’ she wrote on the website at the time.
Over the course of his illness, Ayden went through several rounds of chemotherapy.
Lindsey moved Ayden from Nevada where they are based, to Arizona in an attempt to get him better treatment.
But his illness worsened and progressed from stage three to stage four, while a tumor grew visibly in Ayden’s chest.
Earlier this year, doctors put Ayden in hospice care, but even then, his mom did not give up hope.
‘My fear scares him so I try not to cry, I try to stay positive and think about all the good things that could happen and remind him of the things that make him happy, because that’s the only way you get through it,’ she told KVVU-TV at the time.
In Arizona, doctors said Ayden only had three weeks left to live, but the little boy fought on and on.
Recently, Lindsey and her son had moved back to Nevada, and Lindsey was exploring holistic remedies.
‘We were told that his tumors had progressed so far that it was pushing against his heart which was building fluid and no longer made him a candidate for any trial or surgery or radiation,’ she told KVVU-TV last last month.
The financial help received from thousands of supporters helped Lindsey pay her rent and spent time with her son, the mother added.
‘Ayden is a bad case and he’s been amazingly blessed with support and love but there’s a lot of families besides me and Ayden too that are out there suffering and don’t have a voice and don’t have resources.’
‘At least your necessities should not be a worry while you fight for your kids,’ she said.
‘Today, I lost my son. In this world, there was not one doctor, one person that could offer my son any options at all. And he aspirated and stopped breathing,’ she said.
‘And I tried to do CPR and bring Ayden back. But I wasn’t able to. And they tried again, the hospital six times. And even when I saw lines straight, I still knew God could still help him. But Ayden’s body couldn’t take anymore.’
‘So today, I lost Ayden because we live in a world that doesn’t prepare for child cancer. And I am broken in so many ways.
‘But they messed with the wrong mom and the wrong kid. Childhood cancer will never be the same now after Ayden.’
Lindsey added that she will ‘never stop’ raising awareness about childhood cancer.