Greek-Australian boy loses his battle with cancer

Jaxon Kaplatzis, seven, who was diagnosed with a rare cancer at the tender age of three and a half, lost his battle with the terrible disease in Adelaide last week.

“Our superhero fought to the end. He has grown his angel wings and will now fly high where he belongs. In peace. No more suffering for our baby,” Victoria Kaplatzis, Jaxon’s mother, told Neos Kosmos.

Ms. Kaplatzis gave birth to a healthy little boy in October 2013, but Jaxon was diagnosed with pre-B-cell acute lymphoblastic lymphoma in August 2017 just before his fourth birthday.

He is believed to be the only person in Australia to have ever been diagnosed with this rare form of leukemia.

The nightmare for Jaxon and his family started when his mother noticed that her son had lymph nodes in his groin area. She immediately called the deputy who came out and after examining Jaxon, she thought it was a case of an inverted testicle.

Mrs. Kaplatzis and her husband Dimitri Kaplatzis were not convinced and decided to take their son to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital the next day.

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Jaxon and his mother, Victoria. Photo: Delivered

After undergoing tests, scans and ultrasounds, Jaxon was diagnosed with pre-B cell acute lymphoblastic lymphoma.

“I will never forget that day. Within hours our whole world was turned upside down. When I heard the doctor tell me about the diagnosis, I remember I couldn’t breathe, I felt like I was having a panic attack. It was just terrible. Children with cancer are so remarkable. Jaxon was a wonderful little boy and I looked up to him more than anyone now,” said Ms. Kaplatzis.

After his devastating diagnosis, the family had to move to Sydney, where the little boy had to undergo intensive chemotherapy to treat his condition.

Ms Kaplatzis said that while there are many questions about childhood cancer, these questions remain unanswered because no one can really say what causes childhood cancer.

Despite his condition, little Jaxon was a strong, happy boy who cared for others and even participated in the Leukemia Foundation’s annual fundraiser in 2018 to raise awareness and funds for blood cancer.

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Jaxon and his brother, Lucas. Photo: Delivered

The brave little boy fought hard for his life but passed away peacefully on Monday May 31, 2021, surrounded by his loving parents and youngest brother Loukas.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years. Jaxon will forever be known as the pure definition of strength and courage.

“We are completely broken,” said Ms. Kaplatzis.

Jaxon’s funeral took place on Tuesday, June 8 at the Rosary Church in Prospect.

Rest in peace Jason.

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