Virginia Brauer Dowd is 14 years old and lives in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina outside of Charleston with her Dad (Jay), Mom (Kim) and older brother, Gibson. She is a freshman in high school at Wando High School where she has straight A’s. Brauer loves lacrosse, basketball, and church youth group at Hibben United Methodist Church along with hanging out with her friends, collecting crazy socks, and dreaming about someday going on the Amazing Race with her mom, a cancer survivor.
On Monday, October 17, 2016, Brauer went to her mom and showed her a lump the size of a golf ball at the base of her neck. On Tuesday, they saw her doctor, had blood work done along with a chest x-ray and ultrasound. On Wednesday, Brauer had a CT scan of her chest and was ultimately admitted to the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Hospital in Charleston with a preliminary diagnosis of Lymphoma. On Friday afternoon, Brauer had surgery to remove the node at her neck, place a port for ease of medication administration, and take bone marrow samples from both hips. While this has been a very difficult week for the Dowd Family, they have been showered with love and prayers by people from all over. One of those many blessings was going into surgery and seeing the mom of one of her teammates as the surgical prep nurse! On Wednesday, October 26, she will have a PET scan, a pulmonary function test, and meet with the hematology/oncology team to receive full results and the recommended treatment protocol. Welcome to our Caring Bridge page, BRAUER POWER we are grateful to have you on this journey with us and we covet your prayers for Brauer.