When CANA partnered with Kids Cancer Care to celebrate its 75th anniversary year, they knew their employees would jump in to raise funds and meet their $75,000 fundraising goal. What they didn’t know was that even the children of CANA would get involved.
About a week before taking Cohyn into the hospital, I had measured his head, which sounds weird, but I was a nurse at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and I worked on the neuro unit. To this day I still do not know why I measured his head, but I did and we thank God for that. His head circumference went from 50% to 96% in less than two months from his 12-month checkup.
Dr. Doug Mahoney’s lab is one of three in the world looking at a new immunotherapy combination that is showing promise for killing cancer.
It’s impossible to describe that day and the day of surgery. While the surgical fellow finished the surgery, the neurosurgeon came to tell us the tumour looked like medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumour. She said this was not going to be a sprint, but a marathon, so we should take all the help that comes our way. Those days were a blur, but we can remember certain details clearly.
Sloan and Ryder are blood brothers. They’re not just best friends who nicked their palms with a jackknife and squeezed their palms together to mix their blood. No, these boys are blood brothers in the truest sense of the title.
Three days after his 10th birthday, Joel was diagnosed with medulablastoma, a type of brain cancer. It was the darkest day of our lives and the first time Joel ever his father cry. The mass was the size of a kiwi fruit, but the good news was that it was a solid tumour and it was operable.