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Pediatric Brain Cancer: Collin’s Courageous Story

JonathanAgin2Intro by Jonathan Agin, Childhood Cancer Co-Editor

As I type, there is a mother and a father, or a single parent or caregiver being brought into a cramped little room in a hospital and the feeling of fear is palpable.  Four words will be said in that room that will cause the lives brought together there to change forever: “your child has cancer.”  It is a story that repeats itself over and over again with increasing frequency.  In the United States, more than 15,000 children a year are diagnosed.  In Canada, the number is approximately 1,500 children a year that are diagnosed.  In the United States, childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children, in Canada, the second largest cause of death by disease for children under the age of fifteen.  Despite how those numbers appear given the respective populations, childhood cancer is not some distant concept that knocks on the doors of the unlucky.  Rather, it is a biological disease that has many different forms that is all too real, and all too devastating.  The following story about Collin’s diagnosis, treatment and life is one of fear, caution and hope.  Collin’s family heard the horrible knock on their door despite never expecting it and is fighting for survival every day.  My family heard that knock too, but unfortunately for my wife and I, there was not to be any happily ever after.

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