January 21st, 2016 — The Diagnosis
It was a day that forever changed the lives of the Becker family. After a series of medical appointments and unsuccessful treatments, Drew was taken to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He was diagnosed with Stage IV, High Risk, Neuroblastoma.
Intense Treatment and Setbacks
Drew began a grueling treatment plan which included: six cycles of chemotherapy, a major surgery, tandem bone marrow transplants, and 13 radiation treatments. Initially, there were signs of progress, but the cancer persisted and began spreading once again.
Despite their unwavering dedication to Drew’s treatment, the Becker family faced a heart-breaking reality. Drew’s prognosis was now terminal. After a failed clinical trial and careful consideration, they made the incredibly difficult decision to discontinue further treatment. Their focus shifted to making the most of the time they had left with their beloved Drew.
January 19th, 2017 — A Precious Loss
Tragically, just ten days after their return from a Make-a-Wish trip to Disney World, Drew Becker passed away at the age of two. Despite all that he suffered in treatment, Drew’s life was marked by joy and energy, which inspired a profound mission.
The Birth of Warrior Wagons
Determined to honor Drew’s memory and make a difference for families facing similar battles, the Becker family founded Warrior Wagons, Inc. Their mission was specific: to bring joy and hope, as well as to provide support to families as they embarked on the challenging journey of childhood cancer treatment.