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Charlie is a 33 year-old high school teacher who teaches at risk high school students at the ZED ALC school in Byron, and JV baseball coach for Mayo High School in Rochester. He had been experiencing headaches since November, but the frequency and severity became too great and finally led him into the emergency room at Saint Marys Hospital on May 22, 2016. A mass larger that a good-size orange was found on a CT scan. Although he and his mother were devastated with the news, the great ER team at Mayo immediately hospitalized Charlie. After other testing was done, he learned he had a primary brain tumor. He had surgery on May 25 and pathology results determined the tumor was a Grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma with a IDH1 mutation. His world was turned upside down with a blink of an eye, and he and his loved ones are now on a journey to help him overcome this unwanted invader and get him back to the normal life he loves. Charlie's hospital stay was filled with learning to walk comfortably without assistance and trying to maintain the pain caused from his surgery. He was dismissed from the hospital on Sunday, May 29. Due to the circumstances, he decided to move into his parents home until he is back on his feet completely. Let him know you are thinking of him by texting, calling or coming to visit. Charlie is an avid baseball/MN Twins, hockey, and football fan.