Now Jared needs a liver transplant and will be taken to St. Christopher's Hospital in Philadelphia. Insurance will pay only 80 percent of the cost.
Melissa Stoner said she was waiting to be blood-typed to see if she could donate a portion of her liver to her son. Otherwise, the child will have to be placed on a waiting list until a donor liver is obtained.
On Nov. 12, the Stoners took Jared for his first checkup since his Oct. 29 birth. After two checkups, he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, cancer caused by a tumor in the adrenal gland.
"When they caught it, it was a stage four tumor," Melissa Stoner said. "He had the chemotherapy and radiation treatments to help eliminate the tumor, but it caused the liver disease."
Veno occlusive disease (VOD) is incurable and shuts down the veins in the liver. It was a rare occurrence caused by the cancer therapy. Neonatal hemochromatosis is an overabundance of iron in the blood which goes into the tissues and organs. Eventually, Jared will have his adrenal glands and spleen removed.
"The prognosis from the cancer is good, but the other stuff has been unexpected," Melissa Stoner said.
Earl Stoner, 28, was a star track and cross country runner for North Hagerstown High who won the national junior college championship in the 1,500-meter run in 1988 while attending Hagerstown Junior College. He reached the pinnacle of his running career last summer by qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.
The Cumberland Valley Athletic Club has created the Jared Stoner Fund to help the Stoners defer the costs of treatments. Checks payable to the fund can be sent to the CVAC at 1012 Valleybrook Drive, Hagerstown, Md. 21742.