Thursday, February 12, 2015
Buy a Butterfly, Help a Kid
I hate Ependymoma and I love the CERN Foundation: http://cern-foundation.org/
Ependymoma is a rare type of primary brain or spinal cord tumor. Primary tumors are those that start in either the brain or spine. It is more common in children than adults (ugh) and is the third most common pediatric brain tumor, which to my way of thinking, is horrific: here’s a brain tumor that specializes in whacking young, innocent children.
Luckily the good folks at the CERN Foundation are doing everything they can to help patients and caregivers fight this relentless, wicked disease.
To better understand how horrible Ependymoma is, I started reading the “CERN Inspiration” stories on their website: https://cern-foundation.org/?page_id=256
I read a about Hanna - “I am nineteen years old. I will be twenty years old in a week. Ironically enough, on April 1, 1997 (April Fools Day), when I was just four years of age, I had a grand mal seizure in bed.” I am trying to imagine what she felt or her parents’ felt and even though I’m neither, I just feel sick.
But wait, it gets worse. Alexa and her parents learned about a “Large mass” on her brain two weeks before her third birthday. She went on to have eight (8) more brain tumors.