It started as just an eye tic, which then 13 year old Britton Ballard thought was “neat.” His mother’s instinct knew it was not just an eye tic. After six months of testing, Britton was finally diagnosed: he had an anaplastic astrocytoma.
Britton then spent many days and weeks in the hospital, had a shunt put in, and began chemotherapy. Now, a year later, he has just returned from a Make a Wish trip on a mega cruise ship. His local newspaper, the Citrus County Chronicle of Inverness, FL, published a great article about his story.
Britton’s mother, Gina Ballard-Kuznar, wrote “Our family doesn’t take for granted a single minute of each day and we love the mundane normal things that a sick child cannot always do. Each day we pray for a miracle, for a cure.”
BTFC knows that only through increased awareness can the tragedy of pediatric brain tumor disease be cured. We applaud all the news agencies and outlets who help us to spread awareness and help inform the public.