Kid Captain is a collaboration between Children’s of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels to salute pediatric patients. Their inspirational stories remind us just how truly courageous these young people are.

This week’s Children’s of Mississippi Kid Captain is Jay’Shun Caston of Jackson, MS.

Last November, Jay’Shun came to Children’s of Mississippi because of eye pain and vomiting. A CT scan found a mass on the nerve running from his brain to his eye. His care team performed a biopsy two days later, and the results revealed a rare form of soft tissue cancer: embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma.

Jay’Shun began chemotherapy shortly after being diagnosed, and completed six weeks of radiation therapy, in 26 straight days of treatment. Currently, he is doing well as he continues taking chemotherapy and other medications.

With Mississippi’s only children’s hospital and pediatric clinics across the state, Children’s of Mississippi doctors work together to care for kids at every step, in every location. Only UMMC can provide this level of help for children like Jay’Shun. In fact, Ole Miss recognizes Children’s of Mississippi as their official children’s hospital.

His mom, Asia, says that everything in Jay’Shun’s care plan is working out great. “We couldn’t have asked for a better team,” she said.

These days, five-year-old Jay’Shun loves music, riding his bike, and going to school. Have fun at Saturday’s game, Jay’Shun! Your friends at Children’s of Mississippi are cheering for you!

Help us grow so they can grow.


You can help kids like Jay’Shun with a tax-deductible gift to expand and improve Mississippi’s only hospital for children. Give today at growchildrens.org.