Six-year-old grandson of Nacogdoches couple loses battle with cancer

MCKINNEY, TX (KTRE) - Six-year-old Aidan Peterson, who lived in the Dallas area, lost his battle with a rare, aggressive form of leukemia Sunday. Several East Texas bone marrow drives were held for the little boy, whose grandparents live in East Texas.

Aidan's mother, Candice Lawson Gaudet, wrote about the loss of her son in a Facebook post on the fan page set up in his honor.

"Yesterday, while we were waiting for the end, I heard the song, 'I Can Only Imagine' come on the radio," Gaudet wrote in her status update." I prayed silently this song would play as Aidan left so I would have an audio validation that he made the trip. And it did. And Chad, Dan, Mamaw, Caleb, PawPaw, Nana, and I all held him and sang along with it as he left. I know you're dancing for Jesus, baby. I'm so proud of you. Be well, precious Aidan."

In her post, Gaudet described Sunday as the day Aidan went home.  She wrote that when Aidan left from her house to go to his dad's, she would always say, "I'll miss you so much, but I'll be so happy because I know you'll be having fun with your Dad." She said when Aidan died Sunday morning, she told him that one last time and added that she and Aidan's dad were comforted by their firm conviction that he was going home to be with Jesus.

"And now today, we continue our lives with his spirit and legacy to help us keep on going, Gaudet wrote in her status update. "Every single bit of me hurts with a pain I wasn't able to imagine before now. Please continue to pray for our family."

In a later post to Aidan's Facebook fan page, Gaudet urged people to donate to organizations like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Delete Blood Cancer, Be the Match, Children's Medical Center, Heroes for Children, and the Baker Elementary PTA.

A memorial service for Aidan will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at John A. Baker Elementary School, which is located at 3125 Bluewood Dr. in McKinney, Texas. Gaudet said she and her son's father would appreciate it if attendees of Aidan's memorials service wear their favorite superhero T-shirt, "80-Orange (anything orange - his favorite color, or "I Heart 80" shirts.

We are hoping to have a marrow drive there as well for anyone who has not already registered to be a marrow donor.," Gaudet wrote. "Marrow donation was so very important to Aidan, and we will never give up on helping to find the cure for other patients in need of a match. This is part of Aidan's legacy."

Gaudet also wrote that they would like to have a balloon release at the end of the service in Aidan's honor.

"If anyone can help me get a lot of orange helium filled balloons, I would be forever grateful," Gaudet wrote.

According to previous East Texas news stories, Aidan had been fighting various forms of blood cancer since he was a baby. During the last few months, more than 2,000 Texans registered to save Aidan or other cancer patients. However, he needed to be in full remission to benefit from the bone marrow donation.

To visit Aidan's Facebook fan page, visit this link.

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