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Owen is an outgoing jokester who loves to chat with anyone that he meets. His parents, Sarah and Brandon, were flabbergasted when doctors discovered a tumor in 2-year-old Owen’s brain. Soon after, they diagnosed it as recurrent medulloblastoma. The tumor was located at the base of Owen’s head and it was blocking the flow of spinal fluid resulting in pressure, pain, nausea and abnormal balance.
Afterwards, his treatment included neurosurgery to remove the tumor followed by six months of chemo with 12 cycles in total. Sadly, during a routine MRI six months after treatment concluded, they found out Owen’s cancer relapsed.
He underwent two neurosurgeries to try and remove most of the tumors. That also meant 30 days of proton therapy, and four months (four cycles) of high-dose chemotherapy. He finished treatment in February 2018 and currently has MRI scans every three months.
Their hope is there will come a day when parents of kids with cancer are no longer told "we are not sure" or "I hope so" by their child's oncologist. Owen’s family dreams that families will eventually be able to conquer childhood cancer.
Owen is his parent’s hero because he is the most happy and outgoing person they have ever met, even while fighting brain cancer.
They want others facing a childhood cancer diagnosis to know they should trust themselves because you know your baby best. It is important to take some "me" time. You are one of the most important people on your child's team. You need to be as mentally and physically well as you can possibly be, even if that is only a fraction of the former you. Take it one day at a time and celebrate all the good things, even the little stuff.
To them, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation aligns with what their family cares about: a cure being found, life improvement for survivors and spreading awareness for childhood cancer.
They’re also actively working towards those goals too, having attended ALSF’s inaugural Lemon Climb Houston with their family.
SuperSib Quote: "My heroes are Jesus and my brother.” – Claire, Owen’s big sister
Information provided by Sarah Langston, Owen’s mom
Updated July 2018
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