Words by Alexandra Salandy
The strong and precious 3-year-old Ayden Brown lost his battle to stage 4 Lung Cancer on Nov. 3, according to his mother Lindsey Licari.
Ayden’s story went viral after his mom posted videos and pictures about his condition on social media. Licari explained that her reasoning for wanting Ayden’s story to be public was to increase awareness and educate people about the terrible horrors of childhood cancer.
“I knew if this disease was going to take Ayden, everybody in the world would know who my son is,” said Licari. “Everybody will know Ayden Setoshi Brown. He was three years old. He could tell you every planet in the solar system. He was phenomenally smart and he loved me so much, and I loved him too. He didn’t deserve to die.”
The family started a nonprofit organization called Ayden’s Army of Angels Inc. The organization’s purpose is to “Unite all parents with this same nightmare, to find hope, comfort and to collectively work together to find answers.” Ayden’s story touched the lives of many and raised over $250, 000 on GoFundMe to help with medical expenses.
Licari told Fox5Vegas, “The financial support from the community paid for all their expenses in Arizona, medical equipment in their home, appointments and much more.”
Baby Ayden’s story has touched so many the lives. He is receiving an outpour of love and support all over social media. Celebrities such as Cardi B, shared a picture of him on Instagram and sent her condolences to the family.
Ayden Brown was such a strong little boy. His strength even shocked his doctors, who originally gave him only three weeks to survive. However, Ayden surpassed that point.
Trying to hold back the tears Licari explained her last few moments with her son on Facebook Live.
“Today, I lost my son. In this world, there was not one doctor, one person that could offer my son any options at all. And he aspirated and stopped breathing. And I tried to do CPR and bring Ayden back. But I wasn’t able to. And they tried again, the hospital six times,” she said, in part. “And even when I saw lines straight, I still knew God could still help him. But Ayden’s body couldn’t take anymore. So today, I lost Ayden because we live in a world that doesn’t prepare for childhood cancer.”
The mother is now making it her mission to help other families who are going through similar situations.
“Ayden is a bad case, and he’s been amazingly blessed with support and love but there’s a lot of families besides me and Ayden too that are out there suffering and don’t have a voice and don’t have resources. At least your necessities should not be a worry while you fight for your kids,” she said.