Less than two months after celebrating the birth of her first child on social media, Shea Hicks-Whitfield, everyone’s favorite real estate agent HGTV‘s Bargain Block shared an amazing update: Their baby son Beau has been diagnosed with cancer. Here’s the latest…
Hicks-Whitfield says baby Beau is #TinyButTough
Hicks-Whitfield was pregnant while she filmed most of Season 2 of “Bargain Block” with hosts Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas, so fans were excited to hear news of her baby’s arrival in the summer of 2022. She and her husband Terry Whitfield welcomed baby Beau James on July 29 and is excited announced his arrival on Instagram on August 4 and announced that he weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces. But it turns out they also digested terrible news on the day of their happy announcement.
On Sept. 30, Hicks-Whitfield posted a sweet family photo and video of baby Beau cooing in his crib, along with a heartbreaking update about his health on Instagram.
“The journey of parenthood has proven to be a roller coaster that Terry and I are blessed to be together through the ups and downs,” she wrote. “The long nights and short days; dirty diapers and baby clothes; Night bottles and early morning feedings. Beau James made all of these experiences worthwhile. He is the blessing we didn’t know we needed and the angel we didn’t deserve.”
Hicks-Whitfield then shared, “Five days into our parenting experience, we received the news no parent wants to hear: Beau was born with a rare form of cancer. Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a rare form of cancer that affects 300 to 400 children a year, and our rainbow baby was officially part of that exclusive group.”
Corresponding Dana Farber Cancer Center, which works in partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital on pediatric cancer, Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) occurs when a child has too many Langerhans cells, which are normally found in the skin to help fight infection and foreign substances in the body to destroy.
Using LCH, Dana-Farber’s experts explain that “extra Langerhans cells spread through the blood and accumulate in certain parts of the body where they can damage tissues or form tumors.” These cells often accumulate in bones, but can also accumulate in the skin, lymph nodes, liver, spleen, lungs, or brain.
Hicks-Whitfield did not provide specific details on the extent of baby Beau’s LCH, but wrote: “We have been blessed with excellent medical support and our village has provided the prayer and positive energy Beau needs to heal despite his diagnosis thrive .”
“We share this message on behalf of the families affected by LCH and other types of cancer that affect thousands of families across the country,” she continued. “As we come to the end of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we thought it appropriate to add our story to the 43 children who are diagnosed with cancer each day. Learn more about how you can support the cause and please keep our families in your prayers.”
Hicks-Whitfield included many hashtags in her post, including #TinyButTough, which were also the words on the little beau’s onesie in the video she posted.
HGTV colleagues, fans send words of hope and encouragement
Within hours of Hicks-Whitfield’s Instagram post, thousands of friends and fans had liked him and left comments with good wishes and prayers for strength for their family.
Egypt Sherrod from HGTV’s Married to Real Estate wrote, “Everyone hold up in prayer,” and added two red heart emojis.
Fixer To Fabulous host Jenny Marrs wrote: “Oh my god Shea. I have no words, except that I am so very sorry. Pray for healing for your precious beau. You are loved!!”
Plenty of fans also left comments, including one who wrote: “Beau James!! You can do this. You are strong and perfectly made. We love you boys and we offer prayers to the family and encouragement. Persevere every day, Shea.”
Another fan wrote: “So sorry to hear that. My prayers for this beautiful little boy and for you and your husband and for all those affected by childhood cancer.”
St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital says treatment for childhood LCH depends on a number of factors and is different for each child, but may include surgery and chemotherapy. Sometimes children’s condition improves without intervention, but it usually requires many specialists to monitor whether the condition affects various organs and systems in the body.
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