Honored Kid

Gavin Cole

Gavin Cole Kid Photo

Location

Powell, OH, US

Diagnosis

Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

July 2013

Status

Angel

Treated At

Nationwide Children's Hospital

Change your kid's logo

My Story

Gavin Thomas Cole was born on August 28, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. Gavin has had the most electric smile of our three children since his birth. During the first week of July, 2013, Gavin began throwing up inexplicably. A CT scan revealed a cancerous tumor embedded in Gavin’s brain and he had surgery to remove the tumor on July 15, 2013. The surgery was successful in removing roughly 97% of the tumor, but the pathology examination of the tumor revealed the worst possible scenario. Gavin has one of the rarest types of cancer which produces what is known as an Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor (AT/RT). This is a very rare and fast-growing tumor of the central nervous system. Following the surgery, Gavin has been given several weeks to six months maximum life expectancy. Gavin’s parents have decided not to pursue any treatments other than pain mitigation for Gavin. This is a cancer that only gives him a 10% chance of survival even with the most aggressive radiation and chemotherapy treatment. Furthermore, most of his remaining time would be spent in the hospital. His family wants him to be happy and enjoy the rest of his life at home with those that love him most. This decision was so hard to make. But his parents need to do what is best for their little man. So they could have weeks or months; everything is very uncertain. However, they are going to make every moment with him count. Thank you for supporting me and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure. On January 18, 2014 our sweet Gavin received his angels wings. He died peacefully in his mothers arm surrounded by everyone that loves him in his home. We are trying to figure out how to go on without him. Everyday is struggle. A struggle to get out of bed. A struggle to get dressed or even take a shower. We miss Gavin so much everyday. We love our sweet boy and dream that he is pain free and no longer sick in the beautiful sky. He is forever in our hearts and in our minds.

The Childhood Cancer Ripple Effect

Who's Honoring Me

Help kids take childhood back from cancer — support lifesaving cancer research today.

Children who are fighting or have fought cancer inspire others to be part of the Foundation's mission — to support the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.

Photo submission policy

Please read the photo submission policy and accept below.

By submitting a photograph of yourself on www.StBaldricks.org, you agree to the following terms and conditions for submission of your photograph:

We strongly encourage all users to submit a before and after photo, so that donors and fellow participants can easily recognize and relate to one another.

Any photo containing cartoons, comics, celebrities, nudity, pornography, sexually explicit images or any copyrighted image (unless you own the copyright) is not permitted. This is because photos of celebrities and cartoon or comic images are generally copyrighted by the owner.

Uploading images of other people without their permission is also prohibited.

This photo submission policy applies to StBaldricks.org users. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation reserves the right to review all photos and to remove any photo for any reason at our sole discretion. If you see a photo on StBaldricks.org that you believe does not conform to this policy, email to WebQuestions@StBaldricks.org