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Honored Kid Hayden S. Age 17

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Location
Fayetteville, NC, US
Diagnosis
Germ cell tumor
Date of Diagnosis
August 2014
Status
In remission
Treated At
UNC Children's Hospital

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In June 2014 Hayden began complaining of headaches and blurry vision.  After a visit to his pediatrician, an appointment was made with an eye doctor because he failed the basic eye exam there and neurology appoint because they couldn't explain the headaches. At the eye doctor we were told that his optical nerves were swollen and that the neurologist would able to tell us more. So on August 19,2014, after yet another severe headache we took Hayden to the ER because the neurology appointment was still days away.  We once again told the doctors his recent medical history and they decided to so a CT scan. After waiting for what seemed like an eternity the doctor came in and told us there was a mass in the center of Hayden's brain and we were immediately sent to UNC  Children's Hospital and admitted to the PICU where a MRI was done and shortly after Hayden was in surgery for a biopsy and placement of a VP Shunt to relieve pressure off his brain. In September he was admitted again for port-a-cath placement and to start Chemotherapy. Chemo was completed in January 2015. After 10 hospital admissions, hundreds of blood draws, repeated MRI's and several lumber punctures Hayden completed 6 weeks of radiation treatments. Hopefully in the next few weeks we will be told that after another MRI and another lumbar puncture we will be told that there is no longer evidence of the tumor.
We want thank everyone for their prayers and support and thank St. Baldrick's for their help in making the future of kids like Hayden better. 
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