- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - A state lawmaker from Aberdeen will miss parts of this year’s legislative session due to his son’s illness.

State Republican Rep. Dan Kaiser’s 5-year-old son, Jaxon, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia earlier this month. While the 2016 session is getting underway in Pierre this week, Dan Kaiser is at a Sioux Falls hospital with his son and wife, Laura.

Kaiser told the American News (https://bit.ly/1Si3bQo ) that he will follow what’s happening in Pierre via the Internet and attend the session as circumstances allow.

“It’ll just be a juggle, and we’ll go by what (Jaxon’s) medical treatment allows,” he said.

Kaiser said he will still be able to read up on bills and cast informed votes when he’s in Pierre.



“It’s a day-by-day battle, if not hour-by-hour. My wife and I are just focusing on Jaxon and our family,” he said. “We’ll see how it all plays out.”

The type of leukemia his son has is treatable, and Jaxon is in good spirits, Kaiser said.

“He’s a huge fan of superheroes,” Kaiser said. “His favorite is Captain America, but he’s growing more partial to Iron Man since (Jaxon) also has a chest implant, called a port, so they’ve both got devices in their chests.”

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help cover medical bills for the Kaisers. Dan Kaiser, a police officer in Aberdeen, is off duty while the Legislature is in session, and his wife is a self-employed private investigator.

“If she’s in here taking care of our son, then she can’t be at work either,” Dan Kaiser said. “So we’re just getting prepared.”

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Information from: Aberdeen American News, https://www.aberdeennews.com

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