Stories of Inspiration: Video Games, Legos and School…This is the Life

May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month and we want to share with you Chayton’s story.

Our son, Chayton, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, Medulloblastoma, on February 9, 2006 at the age of 3.  Chayton endured 7 months of Chemotherapy at the AFLAC Cancer Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Scottish Rite Campus).  At that point he was in full remission and enjoying playing soccer and attending pre-school.  In October of 2007, during a routine MRI, a new tumor was discovered and again we were faced with a diagnosis of Medulloblastoma.  Under the guidance of our trusted neuro-oncologist, Dr. Claire Mazewski, we explored new treatment options for Chayton’s case.

After determining what our insurance would cover we decided to pursue Stem Cell transplant at Duke University Medical Center and followed that with Proton Radiation in Jacksonville Florida.  This was the recommendation of Dr. Mazewski. The transplant was very hard on Chayton but he handled it with true grace and strength. After only a 2 week stay at home it was off to Jacksonville for Proton Radiation. In August of 2008 Chayton completed his treatment there and returned home.


Since that time, Chayton has progressed physically and mentally and is 8 years old and in the 2nd grade.  He loves playing video games, building with Lego’s and playing on the computer. Chayton’s latest MRI on April 15, 2011 showed no evidence of disease.


About The Brain Tumor Foundation for Children

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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