Easton Jedediah Goad was the 14-month old son of Jed and Leslie Goad of Red Boiling Springs. Easton passed away on March 1, 2015 after a battle with Leukemia and a bone marrow transplant. Leslie said that they first noticed that something was wrong when Easton was four months old. It began with a low grade fever, and after various blood tests, it was discovered that his red blood cells and platelets were low.
He had to have a platelets and blood transfusion, and a bone marrow biopsy. Leslie and Jed spent the summer going back and forth between home and Vanderbilt. Toward the end of the summer, in July, things seemed to be improving, but then took a turn for the worse. They did an ultrasound and saw something in his liver.
On August 26, he was diagnosed with leukemia in his liver, and started his first round of chemotherapy, and his second one in October. The family came home right after Halloween. A third round of chemo was administered in November, then in December they were told the chemo wasn’t working and that a bone marrow transplant was needed. The family had to go to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to have the transplant.
On December 10, Easton was flown to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and was scheduled to have a bone marrow transplant on December 29. Easton was discharged from the hospital January 12 and everything seemed to be going great. The family still had clinic visits to make twice a week at the hospital in Cincinnati. Easton had to go back into the hospital on February 25, due to fluid in the lining of his lungs, and another biopsy was done on Feb. 27. On Sunday, March 1, the doctor told them the leukemia was back and in his bone marrow. His condition worsened rapidly and that evening Easton passed away.
On forming the foundation, Leslie stated “We just want to help other families and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald house. We go to the Ronald McDonald House once a month, a local lady cooks the food and I go after school to pick up the food and take it to the House. We usually get there around 5:30 and set everything up and the families start coming to eat around 6. We serve until about 7:30/ 8:00 p.m. We have gotten to know several families. We feel like we owe this to Easton to keep his memory alive.”
Last year the Foundation was able to donate $5,000 to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, $5,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville, provide financial assistance for families, and serve meals at the Ronald McDonald House.
The 2nd Annual Easton Goad Foundation 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, October 22 at the old RBS City Park. Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m., race will begin at 8:00 a.m.
Kelly Rich can be reached at 615-666-2440.