Stories of Inspiration: Augustus the Mighty

Augustus “Gus” was diagnosed with stage 4 Medulloblastoma brain cancer in June 2010. His case is considered high risk because he was under the age of 3 at diagnosis, his cancer is metastatic, and there were free-floating cancer cells in his cerebrospinal fluid. Gus underwent major brain surgery in June where 99% of a golf ball sized tumor was removed from the posterior fossa portion of the brain. After surgery, he lost his ability to walk, talk, swallow and see. He has regained everything since then except for his mobility. We are taking baby steps to getting his strength back, and he has learned how to crawl again. We hope to see him walking again very soon. Gus has just finished sixth round of chemotherapy involving high-dose chemotherapy followed by rescue stem cell transplant at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Gus has an amazing personality for a 2 1/2-year-old. He has an incredible vocabulary for such a little guy and, his communication with others is awesome. Gus LOVES animals and loves to tell you the sounds each animal makes. He loves books, blocks, cars and all his Little People toys. He also likes all the typical toddler TV, Dora the Explorer, Diego, Sesame Street, Blues Clues, Yo Gabba Gabba!, and Backyardagains to name a few. He is a beautiful little boy that will melt even the toughest of hearts with his giggles and smiles. He is truly a mighty warrior, hence his nickname “Augustus the Mighty,” and his strength is an inspiration to many. Many have named him as their hero. He certainly is a hero to me.

Keep up with Gus’s progress at


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Founded in 1983, BTFC was the first nonprofit in the U.S. to focus on brain cancer in children. Our mission is to support patients and their families.
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One Response to Stories of Inspiration: Augustus the Mighty

  1. judy says:

    Love you Gus !!

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