Honored Kid

Raelynne G.

Age 13
Raelynne G. Kid Photo


Helena, MT, US



Date of Diagnosis

April 2014



Treated At

Seattle Children's Hospital

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My Story

Raelynne is your average 2 1/2 year old. Sometimes sweet other times sassy. Here is her story: 3/25/14 Rae was taken to urgent care at St Peters Hospital in Helena, MT. We noticed she was very off balance and her eyes were starting to jump around. Something was not right with that so after some tests the doctors told us it was Acute Cerebellar Ataxia. Which if it was her symptoms would clear up in 2-3 weeks. She was admitted into the hospital for observation. Her pediatrician also felt that Rae was constipated and ordered a laxative for her to be on. After a few days being in the hospital we were discharged and able to return home on 2/29/14. We had a follow up with her pediatrition, Callie Riggin at Helena Pediatric. Dr Riggin still felt a small lump in Rae's abdomen and ordered a CT scan for the following day to make sure she was still a little constipated and that it wasn't something else... 3/30/14 Dr Riggin called me and asked me to come to her office. I knew it was going to be bad when she wanted to talk in person and not to tell me on the phone. Rae and I drove to her office and that's where she told me that it was a tumor in her belly. Rae and I were flown to Seattle Children's Hospital for treatment and more tests. My Husband and mother packed up and got in the car so they could be here the following morning. In the Emergency room at SCH all the doctors felt Rae's belly and could barely feel what Dr Riggin had felt. Which was very impressive to them that she found Rae's tumor as small and hidden as it was. Since then Rae has been diagnosed with Neuroblastoma and told she would be going through chemo therapy to shrink the tumor before they can remove it. Rae was premature and born a fighter. I know that with God and these doctors on our side Rae will get through this. -Kati & Ryan Gerard (mom & dad)

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