On October 29 2013, Gavin was the first person in the upper midwest to have a Visualase laser procedure to ablate his tumor. This fairly new technology in neurosurgery, uses heat from light energy to kill the tumor. Gavin is also the first in the country to have a mature teratoma treated this way. Gavin had another visualase treatment in February 2014 and we will repeat until the Bully has been defeated. It is minimially invasive and has allowed Gavin to continue his life without any neurological consequences. It works very well on his tumor because the tumor is encapsulated (in one place) and has low blood profusion (small amount of blood supply) which helps the heat spread through the tumor.
Gavin has experienced many hospital stays, unexpected serious situations and deficits that he has mostly overcome. He does not allow this bully to define his life and is more like himself every day! He is full of life and humor and loves making others smile. This journey has been long but we have hope for some day without Joe Bully!
If you would like to donate in support of Gavin you can do so at Wells Fargo under the account "Gavin Pierson Donation Account". Thank you for following Gav's journey.