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.