014 – Kellan and Elizabeth Tilton – Paralyzed From the Waist Down, Boy Who Beat Cancer Fights Disease For Others

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This episode we sit and talk with Kellan and Elizabeth Tilton.  Elizabeth is Kellan’s mom.  Kellan began fighting cancer the day he was born.  Kellan was diagnosed with stage 3 neuroblastoma with secondary paralysis on the evening of his birth.  Although he’s now cancer-free, cancer left Kellan paralyzed from the waist down. Defying the odds from his first breath, Kellan constantly turns his “can’ts” into “cans.”  Kellan was picked out of 18,000 pediatric cancer patients as the 2018 Ambassador for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.  St. Baldrick’s Foundation is the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants.
 
Kellan is a young, determined athlete.  He goes to the mountains to work on perfecting his skiing and is also really into climbing. He is currently scaling 40-foot indoor climbing walls, he’s looking to go even higher! 
 
Elizabeth Tilton, Kellan’s mother, brings us the perspective of a parent and caregiver.  Not only is she Kellan’s mom but she is also advocating, with Kellan, for funding and awareness for cancer in general, pediatric cancer, and survivorship.  Elizabeth is involved in numerous communities focused on providing support and insight to caregivers, family members, and patients.  Elizabeth shares with us how she navigated the difficulties she’s encountered as mom and caregiver of a child with cancer and now mobility issues.  
 
Find Elizabeth Tilton and more about Kellan at the following sites,
 
Twitter, @KellanAdventure
Instagram, eli.tilt
Find more about Kellan at St. Baldricks, https://www.stbaldricks.org/blog/post/meet-kellan
 
This podcast is brought to you by Living Adaptive with Scott Davidson.  Go to www.livingadaptive.com for further information.  

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