Go Bald for Brayden: Cancer Free One Year Later

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Nic Kuetemyer
  • 180th FW
It's been a little over a year since Brayden Mitchell, who was diagnosed with stage-3 kidney cancer at the age of 5, captured the hearts of Air Force units around the world. Brayden has been busy in the year since he inspired the Airmen of the 180th to "Go Bald for Brayden."

As of August 2014, Brayden's doctor considers him cancer free. He has not had chemotherapy since then and he now sports a full head of hair.

Kristi Mitchell, Brayden's mother, said he just as active as any six-year-old boy. He played flag football over the winter, is currently playing baseball, and loves the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Brayden will celebrate his seventh birthday in August and is finishing kindergarten this year.

He does great in school, his mother said.

At a fundraiser event for pediatric cancer patients hosted by the Cleveland Cavaliers called "Big Shots and Little Stars," Brayden got to meet players Anderson Varejao and Lebron James. Varejao was Brayden's "Big Shot" but the event was all about the "Little Stars'" strength and bravery.

Brayden was asked at the event, "What was your favorite thing someone did for you when you had cancer?"

His favorite was when everyone shaved their heads in the "Go Bald for Brayden" movement.

Brayden will go for his after-treatment checkup soon but he's well on his way to getting back to business-as-usual for a six-year-old.
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