Preston’s story

On December 10th, 2007 a precious baby boy was born to Marsha and Eugene Crane. This beautiful bundle of joy was named Preston Eugene Crane, after his father. Preston was welcomed by two older brothers, Landon and Dakota. Preston was a healthy infant; he had no problems until he turned 9 months. At 9 months Preston had his first sinus infection. Eugene was called to serve our country in October of 2008, during his deployment in Afghanistan; Preston was in and out of the doctor’s office as his symptoms never seemed to go away. He had tubes put in his ears shortly after Eugene left due to the amount of ear infections. Preston would be okay for a month and then would be sick again. Little Preston was on antibiotic after antibiotic. Eugene returned from his tour in December of 2009 just in time to celebrate Preston’s 2nd birthday. Preston’s ear, nose and throat doctor removed his tonsils and adenoids in March of 2010 to help with the repeat infections. Preston did well for a while, but then he started showing signs of infection in his sinus cavity. Doctor’s prescribed antibiotics and monitored his condition

In April of 2011, Eugene was again called to duty in Kuwait, leaving Marsha to hold down the fort. Marsha began taking Preston to the doctor more frequently with high fevers and sickness. On October 29th, 2011 Marsha took Preston to immediate care where they immediately transferred Preston to Wesley Medical Center. After several tests were done, a parent’s worst fear began to unfold; Doctors told Marsha they would need bone marrow test to confirm the diagnosis of Leukemia. Marsha was able to get in contact with her husband and deliver the devastating news. Eugene returned home as quickly as he could. On December 5 & 6, Eugene and Marsha meet with a Children’s Mercy Oncologist. Preston then underwent blood work and another bone marrow test. On December 8th, 2011, just 2 days before Preston’s 4th birthday it was confirmed that Preston has Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML) a rare and serious chronic leukemia (cancer of the blood) that affects children mostly aged 4 and under. Although it is uncertain when Preston developed JMML, he’s been a soldier and a fighter, just like his daddy.

37 thoughts on “Preston’s story

  1. Marsha I have been praying all the time for Preston and the whole family as well.. Praying God will heal him totally and completely..Praying for strength for Preston and you as well….Praying you feel the presence of God with you as he is holding you through this whole experience…Love you bunches,Deb

  2. May you’ll mind strength in the Lord through this difficult time. We live in KC so if there is ever anything we may help with please let us know. I am a nurse at KU and my hubby is a stay at home dad. We have a spare room in the basement of our home and is always available. We attend Tiffany Fellowship Church where my hubby helps with the youth and I am one of the nursery coordinators. I will also ask my church family to pray for Preston and your family through this journey. May God Bless him with healing strength.

  3. You don’t know me, but I am a neighbor and friend of Melissa Evans. She keeps me updated on your son’s journey. We will be storming the gates of heaven and asking God our Father for complete healing. What a sweet boy.

  4. Thank you for the updates on what is going on ! You are in our constant thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. So glad the hickman went in okay, UCK, the feeding tube, I do remember those, UCK, is all I can say for now, all our love, Aunt ‘ Biky’ and Uncle Gary

  5. Dearest Family,

    Sometimes when things seem so over -whelming in our lives, we have to hand it over to God and just trust in the Lord with all our heart and soul. He has that great BIG picture and we have a little one. We pray everyday for Preston and all of you that he may be healed and that the Lord be with you and comfort you throughout this very very difficult time in your young lives. Love and Prayers

  6. Matthew 8:7 And Jesus said to him, I will come and heal him.
    Hebrews: 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
    Mathew 11:28 Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and I will give you rest. take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. We are Praying for you and your family.

  7. May God lay hands on Prestons surgeons, attending nurses, asathesia personel, everyone who takes part in his surgery giving them wisdom and strength to do their best and Lord, all the caregivers, nurses, other people who participate in the care of Preston Lord, Thank You for the Donor Preston has. Please look over the Donor and that surgery room as well and guide the surgeons the right way. May God give Preston and his Donor the strength to overcome the obstacles. Lord, Grace Preston’s immediately Friends and Family comfort, strength, and wisdom when it comes to Preston. Lord In Your Name, Jesus Christ, AMEN.

  8. My prayers are with Preston and with the family today and always. May God bring you strength and many blessings every day but especially during this critical time. My granddaughters and I are proudly wearing our “Prayers For Preston” bracelets and will continue to do so until the critical time has passed. God bless you!

  9. im praying for you and your family!! keeping you guys in my prayers! keep fighting lil guy!!praying every night for you guys!

  10. Hi Preston. You don’t know me, but my name is Tyece and I have been following your journal. I want you to know a little bit about me. I am almost 36 years old with 5 children. 4 Girls Ashely 18, Tiara 12, Viola 10 and Venetia 8 and 1 boy Trevor 14. To you I am an OLD LADY!!! hahahaaa….I am writing you this letter because I need you to know something. I want you to know how much of an inspiration you are to me. The way you fight, and still hold your head up high, the way you smile even though you are having a bad day….You are an amazing and strong young man!! You have impacted my life in the best ways, made me open my eyes and appreciate things more and fight harder. Preston, THANK YOU for all that you have done for me.

    I will continue to keep you and your family in my daily prayers Preston.
    Love Always-An Old Lady You Helped

  11. Hi Preston! Just wanted you to know that you and your family is in my prayers every night. I have a granddaughter, Mikala, who lives in Wichita and was diagnoised with ALL (also Leukemia) in 2008. She too is a very strong person just like you! I am sure mommy & daddy are very proud of you. You just keep fighting & you will beat this.

  12. Hi there little man you sure are a brave one in my eyes. you dont know me but I knew your great grand ma and grand paw marvin and Gladis Saweirwine and we knew your Grandpa Eddy he grew up and went to school with our girls Kitty and Krissy (twins) made the ultimate on different people that one of the rate we’re seeing as rate imore rn favor of

  13. I wish him a fast speedy recovery. In god’s hands all things are possible.
    I do wish to ask you a question in the diagnosis of jmml, I hope you don’t mind. I believe my 2 year old son has jmml. His blood work came back normal however, he has many be other symptoms including the loss of appetite chronic infection and bruising. As a parent of a child with jmml, do you believe my child maybe at risk?

    • Tiffany,
      I don’t know if you will still see this since it’s been two months since you posted this question.
      If you suspect that your son has JMML, you need to be very aggressive in getting him tested. Go to a hospital that knows how to treat it, not just your local small town hospital (I don’t know where you are, but there are a few places in the country that are really good for treatment and I wouldn’t waste time any where else. We made that mistake and I don’t know how things would have turned out if we had gone straight to Minneapolis.) My son’s blood work showed no leukemia for the first few months, even though he did indeed have JMML. However, his white count was sky high. And that’s the main clue to start with. It can be tricky to diagnose. Loss of appetite’s not a big deal for a two year old. They often are too busy playing and don’t care much about food. But if his white count and platelet count are normal, chances are he doesn’t have it.

  14. Preston, Marsha and family,

    We met each other at the Ronald McDonald Housein KC this last week. Our 17 year old son is having a bone marrow transplant on Tuesday the 15th. We set with Preston and Marsha and Preston was a huge inspiration to our son Chris. Preston kept telling Chris good things and bad things that would happen, we all fell in love with this family. We are sending good thoughts your way and we will miss you at the Ronald McDonald House.

  15. Thank you for writing me back again. I finally was able to see a hemotolagist and I talked to him about it. He thinks its more of an autoimmune disorder and he wont even try to test him for JMML. His WBC have been fine, however in Feb. his RBC was low his HCT was low, his platelet count was low and his MPV (Mean Platelet Volume) was way to high. When they tested this month his HCT, RBC are fine but his Hemoglobin is low and his Platelet count is still low. The hemotologist pretty much said he doesn’t know whats wrong with him beside the autoimmune and wants to pass me to the next doc. It’s getting frusting and scary becuase yesterday walking home, he just collasped. He didnt pass out but he is diff. getting weaker, the bruising is geting worse and no doc will really listen.

  16. I had the pleasure of meeting Preston today at the Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City, Mo.. What an amazing child he is. In spite of all he has had to endure throughout his life, he inspires everyone he meets.. My grandson will have a bone marrow transplant in just two days. Preston, bless you.

  17. Preston I was having a bad morning because Chris is not feeling well, but after I read your last update that you are cancer free that made my day. I am so happy for you and your family.

    Preston Why did the turkey cross the road? It was the chicken’s day off.

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