In January 2006, my husband and I received the shocking news that our 10 year old son Jeffrey had a brain tumor. We never expected that our child, who had seemed perfectly healthy his whole life, would ever face such a challenge.
It started when Jeffrey had flu-like symptoms, including fatigue, headache, upset stomach and vomiting. Our pediatrician in Connecticut ran multiple tests, and we learned that there was fluid on Jeffrey's brainâ€”a condition called "morbid hydrocephalus." At that moment, our whole world just seemed to fall apart.
Surgery revealed that Jeffrey had a tumor and it was blocking drainage of fluid from the brain. After several surgeries and a number of complications, Jeffrey is now on tract and doing well. Jeffrey completed an aggressive schedule of physical, occupational and speech therapy sessions. He's regained his strength and weight, and is back in school.
Although residual tumor remains, we now have a much more optimistic outlook about our son's future. This is a new journey for us in the years ahead, and with research, faith, and support from othersâ€”we remain confident that we can handle what comes our way.
Please join us on Saturday, June 26th for this important fundraising walk, Sharing Hope, at the UConn Storrs campus.
Our family and othersâ€¦. deeply need your support. All proceeds will benefit the research programs of the American Brain Tumor Association.
Thank You and God Bless,
Mary and Bob Place
To raise money for
All proceeds will benefit research programs of the American Brain Tumor Association.
The American Brain Tumor Association is a not-for-profit, independent organization. Not affiliated with any one institution,
Founded in 1973 out of a desperate need, the American Brain Tumor Association exists to eliminate brain tumors through research and to meet the needs of brain tumor patients and their families.