A Determined Mother Wins Trip to Get Son Surgery

A great story about one of our BTFC families!
Eleven year old Matthew LaRocca is fighting a ganglioglioma and needed to travel from his home in Nashville to Duke University for medical care.  His parents were torn as to which one of them would be able to accompany him on the Angel Flight trip.  
Fate interevened and his mother, Kim LaRocca, won a drawing for a Grand Vacation.  Now the whole family was able to attend and stay throughout Matthew’s surgery.  The local newsaper, the Columbia Daily Herald, covered the story.
Kim LaRocca is quoted in the paper: “I have left no stone unturned and been called by a few doctors and friends a ‘force to be reckoned with, ” she added. “After 8 months of searching I found a physician at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital and a physician at Duke University, they say although it’s risky, it may be operable and maybe 30-50 percent removable. It would require a long out of state hospital stay and mountains being moved to get insurance to approve an out of state facility but those are just obstacles to be jumped over, I am to determined to let nothing stand in the way of making Matt well .”
 
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