Honored Kid

Gavin Cole

Gavin Cole Kid Photo


Powell, OH, US


Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

July 2013



Treated At

Nationwide Children's Hospital

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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.

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