On Monday, May 9th, 2011, Devon LaPrade, age 14, the son of Michelle DeLorenzo & David Laprade was given the devastating news that he has a rare and inoperable brain tumor. Devon was diagnosed with DIPG, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. This is a form of cancer which affects the pons (middle) portion of the brainstem, rendering nervous system function. Affecting primarily children, it is the rarest of pediatric brain tumors, with 150 to 200 children diagnosed annually. This type of tumor unfortunately has a poor prognosis, and there has been limited research performed. We are awaiting Devon's acceptance into a clinical trial treatment program, combined with standard radiation to improve symptoms.
Devon attends Draper Middle School, in Rotterdam NY, where he is in 8th grade. He enjoys all sports basketball, wrestling, and baseball. He has recently played soccer for the school's modified team, #15. He is the brother of David, Gabby, Alexa, and Michael.
Fundraising groups have been tentatively set and working underway! Michelle will be updating the site regularly with information regarding Devon's treatments.
A fund to help for medical and related expenses has been set up for the family at:
Sunmark Federal Credit Union
C/O Believe in #15 fund for Devon LaPrade
251 Saratoga Road
Glenville, NY 12302
Donations can be accepted at any Sunmark location.