Eleven days later, while on vacation in Orlando, we took him to the ER after a bout of vomiting and headaches. A CT scan revealed that he had a walnut-sized brain tumor located in the posterior fossa that was ultimately diagnosed as classic Medulloblastoma. A couple of weeks after surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible, he was transferred back to the Chicago area to be nearer to home. Since then he has undergone intensive proton radiation therapy and is progressing through nine rounds of chemo. Benicio also suffers from a devastating side effect from the surgery called Posterior Fossa Syndrome. As a result, he continues to undergo intensive therapy to learn to swallow, talk, and walk again.
Benicio's participation in St. Baldrick’s fundraiser just days before his diagnosis is more than one of life’s ironies. Although we have and will benefit from many wonderful organizations during and after his treatment, the St. Baldrick's Foundation is very special to Benny. So many people have asked how they can help. We can't think of a better way than to donate to the St. Baldrick's Foundation to fund lifesaving research for all childhood cancers. Thank you for supporting Benicio 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.