Tuesday, April 13, 2010

First Round of Chemo Done.

I just wanted to take a minute to update everyone. Baby Jay had another surgery this weekend to replace the malfunctioned port. Everything went well. He is such a strong little man!

On Saturday, he went through his first round of Chemotherapy. It lasted about 24 hours. He only got nauseated once. It was exhausting for him, I am sure.

I wanted to provide some information and statistics that I found online, for those of you (like me, prior to this) do not / did not know much about infants with malignant tumors.

How common are brain tumors?
Central nervous system tumors (tumors of the brain and spine) make up about 20 percent of all childhood cancers; they are the second most common form of childhood cancer after leukemia. Brain tumors are the most common solid tumor in children. 28,000 children in the U.S. are living with the diagnosis of a primary brain tumor. Each year 3,750 more children—10 each day—are diagnosed with a pediatric brain tumor in the U.S.

Want to know more?
There are 130 different types of brain tumors. Improving the outlook for children with brain tumors requires research into the causes of and better treatments for brain tumors. Survival rates for some childhood brain tumors have increased over the past 30 years, but survivors often suffer side effects of treatments. Surgery and treatment used to fight brain and spinal cord tumors can cause many changes in the body. But the body is amazingly resilient and adaptive despite the trauma often caused treatment.

Research that focuses specifically on pediatric brain tumors is crucial to saving children’s lives and improving survivors’ quality of life.

There are several organizations that you can team up with, if you are interested. I am currently working with Young Texans against Cancer (YTAC). They raise money to fight all kinds of cancer. If you are looking for ways to get involved, let me know.

As always – there is a donation button on the right hand side of the road. Baby Jason will be in the hospital for a while during this round of chemo. If you can spare any, please do! Please continue to pray! I really appreciate it!


  1. Thank you for sharing Brandon! I am Jason's Aunt Gina. Keep us updated and post plenty of pics of that beautiful baby boy!