White Peacock’s Flock, is a 501(c)(3) foundation that was inspired by the bravest boy anyone could be lucky enough to know. Jaxson Utain, aka “The White Peacock,” was only 6 months old when he was diagnosed with an Ependymoma brain tumor. In his ten short years on Earth, he endured 13 brain surgeries, 72 rounds of radiation, and 9 ½ years of Chemotherapy. In addition to these treatments, we were relocated out-of-state three times to participate in medical trials. Jaxson’s brother, Noah, was also relocated during these trials; staying with relatives while his family was away.
Fighting pediatric cancer for ten years has taught us that when a child takes on a cancer diagnosis the entire family is completely disrupted and there is significant strain on the siblings. The siblings are the ones left back with family, friends, and neighbors, missing their family, while their parents are caring for their sick brother or sister, in many cases, for weeks at a time. Siblings often struggle as they receive less attention while their parents are so focused on the care of their sick brother or sister. Siblings’ routines and extracurricular activities are often put on hold when parents are forced to choose between appointments and/or nursing care and extracurricular activities.
The mission of White Peacock’s Flock is to provide special experiences and support to siblings of children with a cancer diagnosis. Jaxson was passionate about music and art. His big personality filled the hallways of his elementary school and his personalized raps entertained many of his friends. He became known as, “The White Peacock” when he was rapping, and often would dress the part. Jaxson’s selfless attitude was impressive for his young age. His last words to someone really close to him were, “Help Noah.” We want to help fill this need that we felt so desperately impacted our family.
If you have questions or would like additional information please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to connecting with you soon.
Tara Utain, President & Founder (and mom to Jaxson and Noah)