Fundraiser for Vengeful Destruction of Cancer!
Our son, Ewan, was diagnosed with an ependymoma brain tumor in August of 2009. He powered through 14 days of PICU, two surgeries, and six weeks of radiation before his second birthday. In October of 2012, a routine MRI discovered a recurrence on his brain stem. As the tumor was too high risk for traditional surgery, doctors performed a procedure called 'stereotactic radiosurgery' in January. Though the scan results have been so far ambiguous, Ewan currently enjoys an excellent quality of life. About 300 kids in the US are diagnosed with ependymoma each year. It is the third most common brain tumor in children and is now known to have nine distinct subtypes. The cure rate for pediatric ependymoma is roughly 50% upon original diagnosis. Upon recurrence, the prognosis becomes dismal. Alex's Lemonade Stand works to bridge the gaps between government funding and dedicated researchers who seek better treatment options and cures for woefully underfunded pediatric cancers. They also provide grants to families who need help with travel expenses related to their child's medical treatment. Most impressively, they keep their operating costs at 12%, which means 88 cents of every dollar makes a direct impact on the lives of children living with cancer.