Bostyn was diagnosed and treated for a craniopharyngioma brain tumor in the summer of 2021 and since then, daily labwork has been a requirement to manage diabetes insipidus, a condition, caused by the tumor or treatment, where the brain can no longer manage the body’s fluid balance. This can cause high or low blood sodium which can be fatal if not managed properly, but management of this condition is tricky.
On December 11, 2021, Finn, a six-year-old from Spokane, WA, was airlifted from Sacred Heart ER to Seattle Children's Hospital due to the complex growth of a tumor in his brain. which was causing vision loss and impaired brain function.
Meet Franklie Knowles, 10, our latest handheld blood analyzer recipient. Frankie was diagnosed with a pilomyxoid astrocytoma (PMA) when he was 6 years old and difficulty managing sodium levels have persisted long after almost all other tumor complication has stabilized. He has had several hyponatremic seizures that resulted in hospitalizations.
Meet Azalea, 2, a silly music loving two year old who lives in Sacramento, California.
Azaleas parents started this journey with a couple of trips to the ER due to episodes of non-specific vomiting, and received the most devastating news a parent is ever prepared for. On the 14th of September 2020, Azalea was diagnosed with a very large craniopharyngioma for her tiny brain and body.
Abigail Memmesheimer, age 14, of Staten Island, New York, is our latest handheld blood analyzer recipient. Abby was recently diagnosed with a hypothalamic-optic nerve germinoma and has undergone chemo and will soon be going through radiation. Staci, Abby’s mom, shares Abby’s brain tumor story.